BK Blog Post
Posted by Tom Devine.
Tom Devine is legal director of the Government Accountability Project, where he has worked to assist thousands of whistleblowers to come forward and has been involved in the all of the campaigns to pass or defend major whistleblower laws over the last two decades.
Thanks to whistleblowers such as Edward Snowden, we know about illegal government surveillance. Now the U.S. government wants to use an obscure procedure—amending a federal rule known as Rule 41— to radically expand their authority to hack. The changes to Rule 41 would make it easier for them to break into our computers, take data, and engage in remote surveillance.
These changes could impact any person using a computer with Internet access anywhere in the world. However, they will disproportionately impact people using privacy-protective technologies, including Tor and VPNs.
GAP has joined dozens of organizations in opposing the changes to rule 41, and has signed on to a letter to Congressional leaders. You can read the full letter here.
The U.S. Congress only has until December 1st to stop the changes from taking effect.