Court Says No Warrant Needed For Home Computer

By Cara Salvatore (June 23, 2016, 10:46 PM EDT) -- In a decision the Electronic Frontier Foundation called "dangerously flawed," a Virginia federal judge ruled on Thursday that FBI agents do not need a warrant before deploying malware that goes into a computer and takes certain information from it.

Defendant Edward Joseph Matish was charged in February after an FBI investigation of a website called Playpen whose main focus was child pornography. Playpen is located on the Tor network, and users must have special software to access it; it is thus part of the so-called deep web. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Henry Coke Morgan unsealed a June 1 opinion in which he...

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