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October 9, 2019

UK Releases Data-Sharing Agreement with US

Global Data Review

The United States and the United Kingdom announced their data-sharing agreement, the UK-US Bilateral Data Access Agreement, on October 7. The agreement will dissolve specific legal restrictions impeding UK tech companies from working with the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. companies working with the UK Serious Fraud Office. It will speed up criminal investigations in the U.S. and UK, shaving off months or years from the timeline.

Litigation Partner Adam Bookbinder commented on this agreement, saying, "the agreement will be more significant for British investigations because more internet infrastructure – and therefore more data – is located in the U.S."

Mr. Bookbinder also addressed concerns held by some in the UK that this agreement will allow bulk data collection by U.S. enforcement agencies in the UK. "This is about law enforcement requests, which is completely different than US intelligence gathering. You’re dealing with completely different entities and programmes," said Mr. Bookbinder. 

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