Is the US following the UK’s snooping lead?

Mateo Meier | January 23, 2017

The UK is not the only country to introduce sweeping changes to its surveillance powers. ZDNet reported on the so-called Rule 41 change in the US that came into effect in late 2016. The change allows magistrate judges to issue search warrants for a slew of US agencies to remotely access and search computers in any jurisdiction, including abroad.

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The move has been described as “one of the biggest mistakes in surveillance policy in years.” It adds to reservations over US data privacy policies that developed in the wake of Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations and gives IT managers another headache when it comes to deciding where to host their companies’ data.

Mateo Meier
Mateo Meier, founder of Artmotion, spent the early stages of his career over in the US where he became an astute marketing director before returning home to Switzerland to setup Artmotion. Artmotion was started in early 2000 and provides highly bespoke server solutions to an international set of clients.