MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The amended Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure approved on Thursday prescribes a magistrate judge to issue a warrant that allows searching, seizing or copying data even outside the jurisdiction where the investigated crime was carried out. The judge could not approve the warrant request without knowledge of the computer's location under previous rules.
“Unbelievable: FBI sneaks radical expansion of power through courts, avoiding public debate,” Snowden tweeted in reaction to the Supreme Court authorization.
The rules take effect on December 1 and will govern all proceedings in criminal cases.
The news story that Snowden accompanied with his comments, published by the investigative website The Intercept early Friday, explains that US lawmakers have until December 1 to propose legislation modifying or rejecting the proposed changes.