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Rule change may expand government surveillance powers, privacy advocates say

Rule change may expand government surveillance powers, privacy advocates say

Privacy advocates and a U.S. senator are seeking to block a judicial rule change they worry will vastly expand the government’s surveillance and hacking powers.

Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, plans to introduce legislation this week to halt implementation of a rule easing the government’s ability to remotely access and search far-flung computers. He said the change is too broad and was approved without public debate. 

“This is a major policy change,” said Wyden, one of...

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