The US Supreme Court has approved a rule change that will allow US judges to issue search warrants for accessing computers and devices in any jurisdiction. That would greatly expand the FBI’s hacking capability, say civil liberties groups, who are opposing the planned change.
Under existing rules, judges can only issue orders within their jurisdiction, often only a few miles across or a few local districts. The change will allow the FBI to conduct network investigative techniques (NITs) — another term for hacking carried out by law enforcement — to remotely search computers located anywhere in the world.
Remotely hacking into computers in foreign countries would be legal under US laws. However, the court systems of the other countries undoubtedly will not agree. The result could be a nightmare of legal issues.
Civil liberties groups have called on Congress to reject the rule change.
You can read more in an article by Zack Whittaker in the ZDNet web site at http://goo.gl/LqAql1.