investmentwatchblog.com / Submitted by IWB, on September 16th, 2016
The FBI are set to gain additional powers to hack and monitor an unlimited number of computers with just one warrant from any judge by December this year.
Unless Congress step in to stop changes from being made to “Rule 41”, the FBI will have unprecedented powers to snoop on innocent citizens legally.
The US court system has a process through which the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure are amended, and because these decisions are not made by elected officials, they are not supposed to deal with changes in the law or enacting policy.
Changes to Rule 41, however, will remove the limits on how the FBI can obtain search warrants for computer networks. As of now, a federal judge may authorize the feds to install malware to hack computers suspected to be involved in criminal activity. That judge may only issue the warrant when the device is in his or her jurisdiction, though. That barrier is scheduled to be lifted December 1, unless Congress prevents it.
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