The Hill: Dem introduces bill to block new government hacking powers by Katie Bo Williams:
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) on Thursday introduced a bill that would block an expansion of the Justice Department’s hacking powers.
“When the public realizes what is at stake, I think there is going to be a massive outcry: Americans will look at Congress and say, ‘What were you thinking?’” Wyden wrote in a Medium post announcing the legislation.
The DOJ has proposed amendments to a little-known criminal procedure rule that would take effect in December and expand their hacking powers unless Congress acts.
Wyden’s one-page bill, the Stopping Mass Hacking Act, would prevent those changes to what’s known as Rule 41.