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Passcode Obscure legal change expands government hacking powers

A revision to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure allows law enforcement to hack suspects' computers regardless of jurisdiction. Civil liberties groups worry the change will harm individuals' privacy rights.

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The FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and other US government authorities now require only the signature of a single judge to hack criminal suspects' computers and personal devices regardless of where they're located. 

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