Spy Court Rejects NSA Bid To Hold Call Data Past 5 Years

Law360, Los Angeles (March 7, 2014, 8:24 PM EST) -- The U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court rejected on Friday the government’s bid to allow the National Security Agency to keep bulk telephone call records for more than five years to comply with evidence preservation rules in litigation against its data collection program, citing U.S. citizens' privacy interests.

With FISC authorization, the NSA is allowed to sweep up from telecom companies vast troves of phone records — or metadata — on millions of Americans to analyze for links to terrorism, which the NSA can keep for up...
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