WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Friday released a legislative proposal intended to provide foreign governments with a streamlined process for asking US tech companies to share email data and conduct wiretaps for criminal investigations.
The framework comes one day after a federal appeals court said the US government could not compel Microsoft to turn over customer emails stored on servers outside the United States.
The proposal would require the US Congress to change decades-old electronic communications law. It would also require the consent of any foreign government because it is designed to be reciprocal.
The United Kingdom is the first country the United States is seeking to enter into such a bilateral agreement with.