NSA’s telephone metadata collection not authorized by Patriot Act – appeals court

NSA’s telephone metadata collection not authorized by Patriot Act – appeals court

The collection of telephone metadata by US intelligence services “exceeds the scope of what Congress has authorized,” a federal appeals court has ruled in a major blow to the National Security Agency.

On Thursday, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said the American Civil Liberties Union can sue the director of national intelligence over the NSA’s bulk collection program, reversing a ruling handed down more than a year earlier.

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