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Thu Apr 28, 2016, 04:43 PM

U.S. high court approves rule change to expand FBI hacking power

Source: Reuters

Technology | Thu Apr 28, 2016 5:16pm EDT

U.S. high court approves rule change to expand FBI hacking power

WASHINGTON | BY DUSTIN VOLZ

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.

Magistrate judges normally can order searches only within the jurisdiction of their court, which is typically limited to a few counties.

The U.S. Justice Department, which has pushed for the rule change since 2013, has described it as a minor modification needed to modernize the criminal code for the digital age, and has said it would not permit searches or seizures that are not already legal.

Google, owned by Alphabet Inc, and civil liberties groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and Access Now contend the change would vastly expand the Federal Bureau of Investigation's ability to conduct mass hacks on computer networks.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-cyber-warrants-highcourt-idUSKCN0XP2XU

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