Microsoft to testify before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee

Tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 25, I’ll be testifying before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee Hearing on “International Conflicts of Law and their Implications for Cross Border Data Requests by Law Enforcement.

I’ll be on a panel with Michael Chertoff, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, The Chertoff Group; David Kris, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Intellectual Ventures; and Jennifer Daskal, Assistant Professor, American University Washington College of Law. Before this panel, David Bitkower, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice will provide his testimony to the committee.

This is an important hearing on an important issue. During my testimony I plan to make the case that the conflict of laws around the world is a real issue and one that’s getting worse. It has adverse consequences for the protection of people’s privacy, the ability of law enforcement to do its job and for jobs and competitiveness.  The underlying problem is that the laws that govern technology are out of date, haven’t kept pace with the rapid pace of innovation and need to be updated. The good news is that there are solutions that can address these problems, both in the U.S. and around the world, and there is a critical role for Congress to play in driving reforms.

You can read my written testimony and watch the live stream on the committee site. The hearing begins at 7 a.m. PT.

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