U.S. and Canada Renew Cross-Border Criminal Investigation Cooperation Forum

U.S. and Canadian officials met Tuesday in Washington, DC, to renew the Cross-Border Crime Forum and discuss data sharing for criminal investigations.

The talks included the United States Attorney General Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandMcConnell to vote against Jackson’s Supreme Court nomination and Secretary of Homeland Security Alexander MayorkasAlejandro MayorkasAdvocacy groups: Title 42 ‘undermines our trust in the administration’ DHS implements rule to streamline asylum claims U.S. and Canada renew cross-border forum for cooperation in criminal investigations MOREas well as Canadian Justice Minister David Lametti and Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino.

The Justice Department said officials discussed ways to work together to combat cybercrime and violent extremism, increase public safety, reduce gun violence and expand access to justice.

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During the talks, negotiations began for a bilateral agreement surrounding the US Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act.

Agreement on the law would make it easier for US and Canadian authorities to share criminal investigation data to combat terrorism, child sexual exploitation and cybercrime.

During the cybercrime section of the talks, officials discussed countering threats from Russia and enforcing sanctions imposed on the country by the United States and Canada.

The countries also pledged to work together to protect critical infrastructure after Russia’s attack on Ukraine and will use a Group of Seven task force to freeze all virtual and physical assets of Russian groups and individuals.

Mark M. Gagnon