NSA Phone-Data Collection Program Set for Legal Challenge

 

 

The Wall Street Journal reports:

An independent privacy-watchdog board, created by federal law and tasked with reviewing national security programs, declared the phone-records collection illegal in January and called for its end. 

The hearing scheduled for Tuesday at the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York stems from a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and its New York affiliate. It was filed in June 2013, days after the program was revealed in news reports, which relied largely on documents provided by former NSA contractorEdward Snowden.

The

suit argues that the bulk collection of phone metadata—including the time, duration and dialing and receiving numbers—violates privacy rights, as well as federal law.

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