NSA Metadata Program Illegal, Gov't Board Says

Law360, Washington (January 23, 2014, 4:06 PM EST) -- An independent privacy group established by the U.S. government said Thursday that the National Security Agency’s metadata collection program is illegal and should be shut down, recommending the formation of a "special advocates" group comprising private attorneys to participate as adversaries in NSA-related court proceedings.

A divided Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board report said the NSA's phone data collection program — which the government claims is authorized under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act and collects telephone metadata from millions of Americans — has...
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