2nd Circ. Rules NSA Phone Data Collection Illegal

Law360, Washington (May 7, 2015, 10:17 AM EDT) -- The Second Circuit ruled Thursday the National Security Agency's bulk telephone data collection program is not authorized by the Patriot Act and sent the case from civil liberties groups back to the federal trial court in New York.

(Credit: Getty) The appeals court panel decided the issue based on the statutory authority the agency had, and dodged the question of the program's constitutionality in its 97-page opinion. The panel also declined to issue a preliminary injunction against the program, noting that the pending expiration of those provisions will allow Congress a public debate on the future of bulk metadata collection....

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