One of the major ways in which security agencies in the United States and other nations are expanding their powers without democratic oversight is through the reaching of little-known, often secretive international cooperative law enforcement agreements. While international law enforcement cooperation is obviously necessary as the Internet and other forces spur transborder crime, it is also important that expanded police powers achieved through closed-door agreements between the security agencies of different nations not intrude on privacy or other civil liberties. On this page we track the most prominent examples of this trend.
The Council of Europe Cybercrime Treaty
The Cybercrime Treaty is an international agreement created for the ostensible purpose of helping police cooperate on crimes that take place on the Internet. Unfortunately, the treaty, which was drafted with very little public input, requires signatory nations to cooperate with foreign dictatorships and give invasive new surveillance powers to law enforcement. It also lacks protections for privacy or other civil liberties, and applies far more broadly than to just the Internet.
The Council of Europe Cybercrime Treaty Page
Multilateral Legal Assistance
A growing number of multilateral law enforcement agreements are being reached, including multilateral "mutual legal assistance treaties," extradition pacts, and other US-EU agreeements.
Statewatch report: The exceptional and draconian become the norm: the emerging counter-terrorism regime