Does a DOJ Rule Change Mean Greater Security or Allow the Government to Hack Your Computer?
A change in rules which the Department of Justice says simply gives more courts a way to order online surveillance is now in effect, much to the dismay of numerous organizations nationally.
The changes to Rule 41 went into effect on December 1, 2016, and the DOJ says, “The amendments do not change any of the traditional protections and procedures under the Fourth Amendment, such as the requirement that the government establish probable cause. Rather, the amendments would merely ensure that at least one court is available to consider whether a particular warrant application comports with the Fourth Amendment.” (DOJ blog, June 20, 2016) The DOJ says the rule changes are meant for specific cases, such as uncovering the location of a computer that has purposely been veiled to hide its location, or to help reduce the number of warrants that would need to be issued in a case where many jurisdictions would have individually needed to be involved.
Not so says a number of organizations nationally, including the American Civil Liberties Union,..