Lawful Access to Data Across Borders – UNODC/CTED/IAP Global Guide

Almost all organised crime and counter-terrorism investigations will require electronic evidence – often located in another State.

Yet – to date – there is no single resource on how to secure this vital evidence from priority jurisdictions around the world.

Over the last two days – UNODC hosted an Expert Group Meeting in Vienna to discuss the compilation of a Global Guide to assist practitioners in the field.

With more than twenty different States, policy groups and service providers present – this was an opportunity to understand how to overcome challenges and provide practical advice in a useable format.

The Global Guide will provide practitioners with the confidence to know how to secure electronic evidence – using formal mutual legal assistance routes and direct approaches to service providers.

There is still much to be done – but this EGM was an important first stage to prioritise essential procedures and required information for inclusion in the draft Guide.

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