In the ultimate “Big Brother” move, federal officials are considering a change in the rules regarding criminal investigations so that they could “remotely hack into personal computers and mobile devices, implant malicious software on computers, and rummage through the personal contents of those computers, even if their owners are not suspected of criminal activity.”

The warning is coming from officials with the Rutherford Institute, which fights for civil liberties and constitutional rights. The organization has written a letter to U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, who is opposing the rule change, offering its assistance. At issue is a proposed change to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 41, which addresses search warrants. If the change is adopted, Rutherford warned, it would “erode individual privacy” by granting vast new authority to investigators. READ MORE