May 192016
 May 19, 2016  Laws, Surveillance, U.S.

Dustin Volz reports:

A small group of bipartisan senators introduced a bill Thursday that would block a pending judicial rule change allowing U.S. judges to issue search warrants for remote access to computers in any jurisdiction, even overseas, arguing the change would expand the FBI’s hacking authority.

The one-page legislation from Democratic Senator Ron Wyden and Republican Senator Rand Paul would undo the change, adopted by the U.S. Supreme Court in a private vote last month and without congressional involvement, to procedural rules governing the court system.

Republican Senator Steve Daines and Democrats Tammy Baldwin and Jon Tester are co-sponsoring the Stopping Mass Hacking Act.

Read more on Reuters.

Of course, SMH is also the Twitter acronym for #ShakingMyHead, a hashtag used to convey dismay, disapproval, or disgust. An appropriate tag for the pending Rule 41 change if it’s not stopped by Congress.

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