Senate challenges government surveillance powers with new bill

Senators Ron Wyden and Rand Paul will introduce a bill this week to halt implementation of a rule easing the government’s ability to hack untold numbers of devices around the world. They argue the rule is too broad and was approved without public debate.
“This is a major policy change,” Senator Wyden (D-Oregon) told the Los Angeles Times. “This has been buried from the public and from their elected officials. And they should know about it. This is not just a modest administrative change.”

The amendment contested by Wyden and Senator Paul (R-Kentucky) was requested by the Department of Justice to update Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. Adopted by the Supreme Court last month and passed on to Congress for review, it would create a sweeping expansion of law enforcement’s ability to engage in hacking and surveillance.

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