Google has filed its formal opposition to a proposed change to federal criminal procedure that if passed would let judges sign off on warrants for remote hacking and other surveillance tactics outside of their judicial district, including in foreign countries.
In the United States, federal warrants are issued by judges who serve one of the 94 federal judicial districts and are typically only valid for that particular jurisdiction.
In a Wednesday blog post, Richard Salgado, one of Google’s top lawyers, wrote: “The implications of this expansion of warrant power are significant, and are better addressed by Congress.”
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