Google Voices Concerns Regarding Government Warrants, Seeks to Protect Users

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Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Google has joined advocacy organisations such as the ACLU in voicing their concerns about proposed Amendments to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 41 by sending a comment letter to The Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules. This rule outlines how warrants are issued to obtain information. This rule places limitations on how and what types of warrants may be issued. More specifically it states that a judge may not issue a search and seizure warrant outside his or her jurisdiction though there are exceptions to this rule. The Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure wants to include new rules for conducting “remote access” searches of electronic storage media. It stipulates that the physical location of the media must be concealed through electronic means. It also includes provisions related to botnet investigations in some cases. What does all that mean? Well, Google claims that the new provisions that The Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure have proposed will have a huge impact concerning warrant power and that because it will give the Department of Justice (DoJ)  such far-reaching power, that this matter should be left to Congress to handle, and not an obscure committee. Google also […]

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