On Thursday, with little fanfare except outrage from tech-savvy activists, the rules for fighting online crime in the United States will change.
The controversy is twofold. First, critics fear the rules themselves, while intended to help solve real issues that come with fighting internet crime, will open up a Pandora’s box of new authorities for federal law enforcement agencies, like the FBI, giving them vast new powers to hack individuals without an individual warrant and without much cause. Second, such a drastic expansion of legal powers usually is far more public, and comes either through a congressional bill or a president’s executive order. But these changes are simply handed down by the Department of Justice. – READ MORE