Friday April 29, 2016

Supreme Court Approves Rule Change That Expands FBI's Hacking Abilities

Yesterday the US Supreme Court approved a rule change that makes it easier for the Department of Justice to obtain warrants for computers and electronic devices. Congress has until December 1st to reject or change the rule. If no action is taken by then, the rule immediately goes into effect.

The Supreme Court on Thursday approved a rule change that would let U.S. judges issue search warrants for access to computers located in any jurisdiction despite opposition from civil liberties groups who say it will greatly expand the FBI's hacking authority. U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts transmitted the rules to Congress, which will have until Dec. 1 to reject or modify the changes to the federal rules of criminal procedure. If Congress does not act, the rules would take effect automatically.

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