Nov. 28th, 2016

Techdirt has been following a Department of Justice request for expansion of powers.

In addition, the DOJ wants permission to break into "compromised" computers and poke around inside them without the permission or knowledge of the owners of these computers. It also wants to treat anything that anonymizes internet users or hides their locations to be presumed acts of a guilty mind. The stripping of jurisdictional limits not only grants the FBI worldwide access for digital seizures and searches, but also encourages it to go venue shopping for judicial rubber stamps.

Like many expansions of power during the Obama administration, no law is changing. They are simply declaring that they will do this from now on.

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