U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled NSA bulk phone data collection is illegal

Over the course of several months, spanning back into last year, the NSA has been under fire for its mass collection of bulk phone data. This collection of data spanned a long stretch of time, and collected data from phone calls made from within the United States. That collection of data included the duration of the call, when the call was made, and the phone numbers involved. As such, many companies, including Apple, have come forward against the mass surveillance.

Now, as revealed by a new court decision from the 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, that collection of bulk data has been ruled illegal. The court’s decision notes that the NSA, in its collection of the data, has far outreached its authority given to the agency by the United States congress:
“For the foregoing reasons, we conclude that the district court erred in ruling that § 215 authorizes the telephone metadata collection program, and instead hold that the telephone metadata program exceeds the scope of what Congress has authorized and therefore violates § 215. Accordingly, we VACATE the district court’s judgment dismissing the complaint and REMAND the case to the district court for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.“
[via National Journal]

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