The Data Disclosure Framework (DDF): A unique road map developed to help tech companies respond to requests from foreign criminal justice authorities

Today, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) launched the Data Disclosure Framework (DDF) a practical tool that outlines practices developed by international service providers in responding to data requests submitted by foreign criminal justice authorities.

The Framework, a result of active engagement with the private sector, was developed thanks to the financial support of France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. It is the latest in a series of practical tools developed in 2021 by the UN Global Initiative on Handling Electronic Evidence, and the first to specifically target smaller tech companies and micro-platforms, providing them with a unique road map for rapidly and lawfully responding to foreign requests for e-evidence in counter-terrorism investigations.

Other tools developed by the Global Initiative in 2021 include the new “Practical Guide for Requesting Electronic Evidence Across Borders and the Standardized Model Request Forms. The Data Disclosure Framework and all tools are available in the Electronic Evidence Hub, which is a “one-stop window” for legal resources and practical tools on e-evidence.

About the UN Global Initiative on Handling Electronic Evidence:

The UN Global Initiative, led by UNODC, CTED and the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP), aims to enhance the capacity of central authorities, prosecutors and investigators to obtain electronic evidence in a timely manner, including through direct requests to service providers.

Visit the Electronic Evidence Hub and the Counter-Terrorism Committee’s webpages.



For further information, please contact:


Brian Hansford

Chief, UNODC Advocacy Section

Mobile: (+43-699) 1458-3225

Email: brian.hansford[at]