Supreme Court Approves Remote Computer Hacking by Police

The U.S. Supreme Court has voted to approve changes to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, which will allow judges to issue "remote access" warrants. These warrants authorize mass computer searches, even when the targets are outside the jurisdiction of the court. EPIC criticized the proposal in a statement last year, arguing that the procedure enables searches outside traditional Fourth Amendment requirements and would not provide adequate notice to those subject to search.  Congress can amend or reject the proposal. Senator Ron Wyden said today he would introduce legislation to reverse the proposal.

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