Judicial Advisory Panel OKs Change For E-Data Warrants

By Emily Field (March 17, 2015, 7:51 PM EDT) -- A judicial advisory panel on Monday voted to expand the ability of courts to issue warrants to access electronic data outside their jurisdictions over concerns raised by Google Inc. that the amendment would unfairly expand the government's search and seizure authority.

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules voted 11-1 to amend Rule 41 of the Federal Rules for Criminal Procedure, a U.S. Department of Justice spokesman told Law360 on Tuesday. The amendment, prompted by a DOJ request, allows courts to issue warrants that authorize remote access to electronic data when the information's location has been obscured through technological means...

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