NSA Phone Dragnet Lawsuits May Keep Old Data Alive

Law360, New York (February 20, 2014, 8:39 PM EST) -- Fears of spoliating evidence in lawsuits challenging the National Security Agency’s collection of domestic phone records have forced the U.S. government to consider retaining metadata it would normally destroy, a Thursday news report said.

Certain government lawyers are concerned that federal rules on evidence preservation could spell trouble if the NSA continues its normal practice of purging outdated information collected under its controversial surveillance program, the Wall Street Journal reported.

With authorization from the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the NSA is allowed to sweep up...
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