Analysis

New Warrant Power Amplifies Need For Strong Data Security

Law360, New York (December 1, 2016, 11:00 PM EST) -- A rule change that allows courts to issue broader warrants for access to electronic communications took effect Thursday amid concerns that the measure will invite law enforcement snooping in the name of pursuing hackers, turning up pressure on companies not to fall prey to the types of cyberattacks that invite prying eyes.

The hotly contested change to Rule 41(b) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure replaces the current rule, which limits warrant requests to the search and seizure of property within the court’s own district. The new, broader mandate allows courts to issue warrants for remote access to electronic data...

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