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[liberationtech] Day of Action: Stop expanded FBI snooping!

Kate Krauss katiephr at gmail.com
Tue Jun 21 07:17:51 PDT 2016


Greetings, Liberation Technologists:

The US Department of Justice is trying to institute new rules that would
let US law enforcement hack computers that use Tor and other
privacy-protecting technologies--all over the world.

Judges would still need a warrant, but under the new rules, those warrants
would apply to many more people--and computers anywhere are vulnerable if
they use privacy-protecting technology like Tor or a VPN.

The rules are an amendment to Rule 41 of the US Federal Rules of Criminal
Procedure (rules for US judges). They will go into effect on December 1,
unless we stop them. They would greatly empower US law enforcement to snoop
into people's computers -- making sweeping changes to US policy through a
technicality--without Congressional oversight. Picture the abuses against
journalists, members of Congress, activists, or everyday citizens that
could occur under these new rules if the DOJ (and FBI) get their way.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Tor Project have partnered to
launch a Day of Action designed to raise the profile of this critical issue.

*Please sign the petition or email a member of Congress at TorProject.org
or the campaign's website: NoGlobalWarrants.org--but remember that the new
rules will apply to computers and phones all over the world--so everyone's
voice is critical, no matter where you live.*

US Senator Ron Wyden is leading a bipartisan effort to defeat the rules
with a bill called the "Stop Mass Hacking Act" (#SMHAct)--so that's a good
hashtag.

*Spread the word! Forward this email! Tweet out the news! Protect the right
to privacy!*

Cheers,

Katie
@TorProject

-- 
Kate Krauss
The Tor Project <https://www.torproject.org/>
Tel +1 718-864-6647 <%2B1%20215.939.7852>
kate at torproject.org
Twitter: @TorProject
Jabber: ailanthus at jabber.ccc.de

Two minute video about the Tor Network:
https://blog.torproject.org/blog/releasing-tor-animation
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