Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties (MLATs) are agreements between governments that facilitate the exchange of information relevant to an investigation happening in at least one of those countries. MLATs can be bilateral (country to country), multilateral, regional (like the Organization of American States), and country to regional (the United States with all the member States of the European Union)...
Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties (MLATs) have an important impact on the way
that a user's data is shared with foreign governments for criminal investigations
and prosecutions. As part of Access'
mission to defend and extend the digital rights
of users at risk around the world, this website makes it easy to explore the text and
geographical scope of Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties (MLATs). Click on the
Map to find treaties relating to a specific country,
or browse the policy analysis
and FAQ Page
to learn a little more about the way that MLATs work in practice and why the system is so
desperately in need of reform.
This website is always evolving - please reach us at MLATs@accessnow.org if there are treaty texts or resources that we’ve missed or you would like to see included.