Alphabet's Google (GOOGL) - Get Report urged U.S. lawmakers on Thursday to update laws outlining how governments can access consumer data stored on servers in other countries, according to Reuters.

Companies in the past have argued against U.S. law enforcement practices to use a domestic search warrant to obtain data from overseas, as the strategy diminishes user privacy.

Kent Walker, Google's senior VP and general counsel, detailed the company's international framework during a speech in Washington, D.C. on Thursday. 

He said that countries which adhere to fundamental privacy, human rights, and due process principles should be able to directly request data from U.S. providers without the need to consult the U.S. government.

Countries that do not adhere to the standards, such as an oppressive regime, would not be eligible, but the framework could incentivize better respect for digital privacy among those nations, Walker said.

What's Hot On TheStreet

Tesla still doesn't deserve its valuation: Tesla TSLA fanboys have just gained their daily pound of flesh. The electric car company has reportedly reached a deal with officials in China to open a production facility in the world's biggest clean-energy car market. The deal would likely allow it to form a joint-venture with a China-based partner and avoid the 25% tariff applied to imported vehicles. The move would also substantially cut shipping and production costs when compared to Tesla's facility in Nevada, TheStreet's Martin Baccardax reports.

Tesla is now valued at an insane $61 billion...and counting.

What was this Kroger exec drinking: Maybe this Kroger KR fella has been up too late studying the aftershocks of Amazon's AMZN big deal for Whole Foods WFM . "I'm glad their stores are finally open," Kroger CFO Michael Schlotman said about German rival Lidl at Oppenheimer's Consumer Conference Wednesday. Schlotman said he is excited, in fact he feels "great about it," to finally start seeing if the preparations Kroger put in place to compete with Lidl will stand the heat. TheStreet's Lindsay Rittenhousewas all over this bizarre exchange.

Having your profit margins crushed by a ruthless German grocer shouldn't be exciting, Kroger.

Don't forget about Intel: Advanced Micro Devices AMDmay beat Intel Corp. INTC to selling the fastest computer chip this year, but the technology giant is working on other projects that are pushing the limits.

From artificial intelligence to drones, Intel is working to connect everything to the internet to collect data that can be used to improve safety, efficiency and lifestyles. Whether it is helping athletes perform better or making cars autonomous, Intel's technology is working to transform multiple industries. Here's 11 cool projects Intel is working on that investors seem to have forgotten about.

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