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Tag: Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules

Google Says Surveillance Proposal Would Allow FBI to Spy on Anyone Worldwide

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Google is fighting attempts by the Justice Department to get permission for the FBI to search and seize digital data in what the search engine giant said would make it possible for the “hacking of any facility” in the world, The Guardian reports.

The Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules that is considering the proposal received a sharply worded letter from Google that warns the new FBI powers would raise “monumental and highly complex constitutional, legal and geopolitical concerns that should be left to Congress to decide.”

The proposed changes would allow the FBI to remotely search computers from anywhere in the world, “giving the US government unfettered global access to vast amounts of private information,” The Guardian wrote.

The Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules is a powerful body of mostly judges who have authority over federal rules governing the FBI.