Government Agencies Can Now Search Computers and Phones

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Starting Thursday, federal agents can search millions of American’s computers and cell phones with just a single search warrant.

A bipartisan group of senators tried to stop the rule from taking effect, but Republican senate leaders denied their requests for a vote.

The justice department says the updated rule is needed to help them investigate and track down cyber criminals.

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden calls it “government hacking and surveillance.”

Wyden promised to introduce a new bill in the next congress to repeal it.

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