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Some senators oppose Justice Department plan on computer warrants

Some senators oppose easing

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of senators took a first step Thursday to blocking a Justice Department proposal that they say would make it too easy for the government to hack into computers during investigations.

The proposal would change a rule of federal criminal procedure that generally permits judges to approve warrants for property searches only in the districts where they serve.

Justice Department officials said that requirement is not practical in complex computer crime cases where investigators don’t know the physical location of the device they want to search.

Thursday, a group of senators introduced legislation to block the proposal, which has cleared several administrative hurdles, including approval by the U.S. Judicial Conference and the Supreme Court. The change would take effect at the end of the year unless Congress rejects it.

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