US Supreme Court extends commitment hack competence

Apr

30

2016

The highest US court ruled that lower courts may issue a search warrant in respect of computers that are outside their jurisdiction. Congress may still change or reject the rule.

Reuters reports that US civil rights organizations fear that the new rule expands the hack jurisdiction of the FBI. Normally, courts may include only search commands ie issuing search warrants within their own county. The Ministry of Justice had wanted to introduce such a law since 2013, allegedly to “modernize the American criminal law for the digital age.”

Among the opponents of the new measure are Google’s parent company Alphabet and the ACLU. They fear that the FBI will use the measure to intrude on a large scale computer networks. It is the assessment of a democratic senator that the FBI with a single order of thousands or millions of computers could crawl in a time in which most computers will not belong to criminals.

According to Reuters, it is not expected that Congress will act against the measure. This is not often done in the past, and the probability of such an action is also reduced by the current election campaign. Without intervention, for example by an opposing law, the measure is in December of force. A spokesman for Justice told Reuters that the measure include necessary because criminals are increasingly using ‘anonimiserende techniques.

The same argument is used in the Netherlands by proponents of the bill cybercrime III, including the police gives the power to penetrate secretly or remote computers of suspects. The so-called ‘hack proposal “is currently in the House and, more recently, among other professors and representatives from government and industry on the proposal elated at a hearing. Thereby was much resistance against the bill, particularly because the law would mean a drastic invasion of personal privacy of citizens.

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