Technology companies and privacy groups are asking lawmakers to reject a proposed rule change to federal criminal procedure that would make it possible for judges to issue warrants to search computers located outside their jurisdiction.

A coalition including Google, PayPal, the American Civil Liberties Union, and a range of tech advocacy groups sent a letter to leaders in the Senate and House of Representatives asking them to stop changes to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. In April the US Supreme Court approved changes to Rule 41 authorizing judges to allow “remote access” to criminal suspects computers. Opponents have cited the change as the “largest expansion” of search and seizure power in the nation’s history.

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