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There's a change coming that could arguably make it a lot easier for feds to snoop through your digital stuff, even if you've done nothing but been the victim of some malware. By rule, it becomes effective December 1. So a handful of Senators who want to block it are all but begging their colleagues to act now.

That prompted a long review by court officials of what's known as Rule 41, a part of federal criminal procedure that defines search and seizure rules.

The FBI and other law enforcement agencies will be able to search multiple computers across the country with a single warrant thanks to a controversial rule change that takes effect on Thursday.

Civil liberties groups have warned Rule 41 represents a unsafe expansion of the government's surveillance power, and will lead law enforcement bodies to "forum shop"-seeking warrants in districts where a judge is most likely to grant them". But he said that process can take as many as three years, and the court is "unlikely to support the reversal of a change that they just approved without seeing it in effect for a few years".

The EFF has argued that the Rule 41 changes are not just the simple procedural changes that the Judicial Conference normally enacts, but changes that significantly expand FBI's hacking powers.

The Oregon senator and a couple of dozen others have written to the Department of Justice about those and other concerns, but did not find the answers persuasive. The bipartisan group of senators has repeatedly asked for hearings to consider potentially sweeping changes to how the government can hack, search or sieze Americans' personal phones, computers and other devices.

And that brings us to today.

That rule change is set to go into effect on December 1 despite the fact that Congress has not yet weighed in or even held a single hearing.

So some of the Senators that have been raising this issue for months are pushing for now. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who tried with Sens. Chris Coons (DE) and Steve Daines (MT) are asking the Senate immediately to pass or vote on measures that would either block or delay the implementation of the Rule 41 changes.

Congress had six months to debate granting President-elect Donald Trump's Federal Bureau of Investigation new legal powers to hack millions of computers, and Republican leaders objected to doing so on Wednesday. "Or when a mass hack goes awry and breaks their device, or an entire hospital system and puts lives at risk". Wyden said Congress should vote on whether to allow this instead of the measure taking effect without any congressional approval. "What were you thinking about when the Federal Bureau of Investigation starts hacking the victims of a hack, or when a mass hack goes awry and breaks their device, or an entire hospital system in effect has great damage done?"

Daines was more concise, saying about it only: "We can't give unlimited power for unlimited hacking - putting Americans' civil liberties at risk".

"While the proposed changes are not necessarily bad or good, they are serious, and they present significant privacy concerns that warrant careful consideration and debate", Coons said.