New ‘Rule 41’ makes government web surveillance easier

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A new government ruling that goes into effect Thursday will make it easier for law enforcement to hack into your computer.

The controversial measure called Rule 41 is a change brought by the FBI hoping to bring more cyber criminals to justice. It will allow any judge to issue a warrant to remotely access computers located in any jurisdiction. However, critics of the rule say it’s unconstitutional and invades citizens’ rights to privacy.

“What Rule 41 allows is for the Department of Justice to go to one judge anywhere in the country and get an order to hack into millions of computers,” said Jeffrey Mittman, executive director of the ACLU of Missouri. “The ability to circumvent the expectation of privacy that we have as Americans, is really, the door is flung wide open.”

It’s possible that through Rule 41 American citizens would have government surveillance hacking their

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