May 26, 2016
Press Release


Washington - Today, Congressman Ted Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued a statement following the introduction of the Stopping Mass Hacking Act by Congressmen John Conyers (D-MI) and Ted Poe (R-TX). The legislation would overturn the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) changes to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure that provide broad authority for DOJ to hack into computers and reduce oversight. The rule changes, which were approved by an internal DOJ review committee and the Supreme Court through a process that is legally permitted only for procedural changes, will go into effect on December 1, 2016, unless Congress acts.

Groups such as Google, ACLU, Electronic Frontier Foundation & AccessNow, and Open Technology Institute are against the rule change.

“While the Department of Justice is right to seek updates to criminal procedure in light of new cyber techniques used by criminals like IP masking and botnets, the proposed changes to Rule 41 have dramatic implications for our Constitutional right to privacy, law enforcement surveillance tactics and judicial oversight. Such substantive changes have no business being approved through an obscure bureaucratic process and deserve rigorous, public debate. I strongly urge my colleagues to support the Stopping Mass Hacking Act and act now to assert Congress’ role before the December 1 deadline.”