Senate Privacy Advocates Seek to Block Expanded Search Powers

The Justice Department is proposing rule changes that would allow it to use a single warrant to search far and wide, a move the government says is designed to deal with .

 

But some senators see the change to criminal procedure rules, which has already been blessed  by the , as opening the door to a vast expansion of surveillance by the FBI. And on Thursday, they introduced legislation to stop it.

 

“Such a substantive change with an enormous impact on Americans’ constitutional rights should be debated by Congress, not maneuvered through an obscure bureaucratic process,” Wyden said.

 

“Our law enforcement policies need to be updated to reflect 21st century realities with a process that is transparent, effective and protects our civil liberties,” said Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., one of the co-sponsors of the bill.

 

A bipartisan Senate coalition led by Democrat Ron Wyden and Republican Rand Paul wants to block efforts to make it easier for the government to search computers across multiple jurisdictions.

 

 

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