The US government wants to take advantage of a slurred procedure – amend Rule 41 – and significantly expand the ability to hack private computers. These changes will allow them to easily access data, seize them and track users. This will affect everyone who uses a computer with Internet access around the world. Moreover, it affects everyone who uses personal data protection technologies, including Tor and VPN. The US Congress has time until December 1 to stop the amendments. We cannot be silent. Disseminate this information, tell your friends and readers about your blog about it! Let everyone know about upcoming changes to Rule 41

What is Rule 41 and how does it affect you if you live outside the United States?

Rule 41 allows federal magistrate judges to issue search warrants and seizures. However, it contains an important limitation: the receipt of a warrant is possible only from the judge in whose jurisdiction the territory where the search is planned is located, with the exception of special cases. The amendments to Rule 41 remove this restriction, which allows the government to obtain a search warrant and obtain data from a computer in a different jurisdiction. Changes will affect the following cases:

  1. If someone uses “technical means” to hide their location; or
  2. When studying botnets, if infected computers are located in 5 or more regions.

50 organizations — including initiative groups, VPN providers, and Internet companies — have teamed up to counter Rule 41 amendments. IPVanish and noglobalwarrants.org are trying to prevent amendments to Rule 41. While noglobalwarrants.org seeks to convey information to US citizens so that they contact their representatives in Congress, it is very important to tell people around the world about it, as the US government will be able to crack the computers of those who use a VPN or Tor browser. Therefore, we translated the original “call to action” into 26 languages ​​and strive to spread it around the world.

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Why is it important to prevent the adoption of amendments to Rule 41?

The number of attempts by government agents to access information on your computers can increase significantly. The amendments give the right to any judge of the federal magistrate to issue such a warrant. Thus, you can find the most loyal or technically uneducated magistrate in the United States to issue an order to receive information from any computer.

If these changes are accepted, the US judiciary may allow hacking of any computer if personal data protection technologies are used that hides the user’s real location. That is, the amendment will affect those who are worried about the protection and safety of their personal data.

In many cases,  judges will sign a warrant to receive information from computers located outside the United States. It is regardless of whether they are protected by the laws of that country or not.

The Rule also makes it possible to view data from thousands of computers on one order. It violates the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution and international human rights law.

Hacking — breaking into a system, copying data, deleting information, or launching certain applications — can have serious consequences for users and their devices. Thus, government intervention in the study of the botnet can damage the computer even more than the botnet itself. If Congress plans to allow the government to hack into computers, all of these actions should be carried out with the strictest restrictions and protect the integrity of people on the basis of the US Constitution and international law.