Google Slams DOJ's Bid To Extend Search Warrant Authority

Law360, New York (February 18, 2015, 8:38 PM EST) -- Google Inc. on Tuesday pushed an advisory committee to reject the government's bid to amend the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure to allow courts to issue warrants for access to electronic data located outside their jurisdiction, saying the change would unfairly expand the government's existing search and seizure authority.

In public comments submitted to the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules, Google Law Enforcement and Information Security Director Richard Salgado voiced the company's opposition to an amendment proposed by the committee in August to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.

Currently, federal prosecutors must generally seek a...

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