Long-Distance Search Warrant Power Coming Dec. 1

"Google Law Enforcement and Information Security Director Richard Salgado said the Department of Justice has made assurances about what it would do concerning the amended Rule 41 “and those are taken as sincere representations.”

But the rule “is susceptible to interpretation,” which requires relying on prosecutors to not invoke “a significant technique in an invasive way” to force access to information, he said at the Stanford panel. The companies would have to await the courts, in published opinions, to identify an invasive interpretation as a problem, Salgado said.

“That’s a lot of maybes, and it’s only going to come to the public’s attention in certain situations. It’s not actually going to be part of the public’s conscience in most cases,” Salgado said."