On 7 December, EU justice ministers approved a Regulation that will require EU-based tech companies to hand over electronic evidence of suspected criminals to law enforcement authorities across borders without the need for judicial approval in the host country. Member States opposed to the proposal argued that it could be abused by certain European countries that do not respect fundamental rights and the rule of law. Service providers found to be in breach of the regulation could face sanctions of up to 2% of their total worldwide annual turnover.

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