Supreme Court OKs Rule Change Allowing Gov't Hacking of Any Computer With VPN Software

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    The U.S. Supreme Court quietly OK'd a rule change last Thursday that will allow the government to obtain a warrant and remotely hack into ANY computer or smartphone that has anonymity software installed on it (VPN, Tor browser, etc) and the devices of anyone who has tried to conceal their location for privacy reasons (e.g. if you turn off the location data for smartphone apps for privacy reasons your phone can be searched under these new rules) . Congress still has to approve it, but...  

    the proposed rule change: http://www.supremecourt.gov/orders/courtorders/frcr16_8mad.pdf

    EFF article: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/04/rule-41-little-known-committee-proposes-grant-new-hacking-powers-government
     
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    Just an update to say EFF has set up a website with more info on the Rule 41 issue and there is a convenient little form on the site that will send your congressperson a message (hint): https://noglobalwarrants.org/


    This is the letter that was sent to the house and senate majority and minority leaders today (a long list of Internet companies and civil liberties organizations co-signed the letter): https://noglobalwarrants.org/assets/Rule41CoalitionLetter.pdf
     
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