On 24 November, a news release from Europol advised that Europol, Eurojust and the European Judicial Network have published the third annual edition of the SIRIUS European Union Digital Evidence Situation Report. This year, the report goes beyond a comprehensive status update by including an assessment of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the access of EU authorities to electronic evidence held by foreign-based online service providers (OSPs) in 2020. It says that the volume of cross-border requests submitted by EU authorities to 8 large online service providers (OSP) increased 27% in 2020 in comparison with the previous year, with a large majority of them issued by Germany and France, and mainly to Facebook and Google. There was a very significant increase of 112% in emergency disclosure request in 2020 compared to 2019, with Facebook receiving most of them, among the OSP analysed. The report says that cross-border access to digital evidence is crucial to most investigations, and it became even more relevant during the pandemic.
The Report is at –
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