Feds Urge DC Circ. Not To Block Phone Metadata Collection

By Kurt Orzeck (July 16, 2015, 8:34 PM EDT) -- The U.S. government on Wednesday urged the D.C. Circuit to undo an injunction intended to block it from collecting metadata associated with domestic phone records, arguing Congress gave the government the authority to do so until late November.

Federal prosecutors argued in a merits brief that the U.S. Congress in June replaced bulk telephony metadata collection under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act with a new mechanism providing for the targeted production of call detail record. But Congress also allegedly reauthorized the metadata collection so as to permit an orderly transition.

A lower court ruled in December 2013 in the...

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