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The FBI may be well on their way to winning the battle with Apple after all, as the Supreme Court has passed a ruling that will allow the FBI, as well as other associated agencies, to hack into an increased number of computers regardless of location by allowing all federal judges to issue a warrant regardless of jurisdiction. The law will not go into effect unless it passes through Congress, which has yet to approve of it due to the fear of expanding the powers of law enforcement and surveillance.

The debate within Congress has already begun, with some believing that the expanded surveillance role is a necessary measure to help prevent terrorism and will help to combat other issues such as child pornography. Others argue that the ruling would begin a descent down a slippery slope that would inevitably result in unregulated government hacking. In 2015, many well-known privacy groups such as Google and The American Civil Liberties Union released a letter explaining that such an expansion would be a violation of the 4th Amendment.

Congress has until Dec. 1, 2016 to come to a decision.

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