US judge: collecting telephone records is illegal – update




Collecting phone records of millions of Americans by the NSA is in conflict with the law. That judge federal court after a lower court earlier killed a similar opinion.

Eavesdropping phone According to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals the program goes far beyond the legal room offered by the US Congress in the Patriot Act, reports the American political blog The Hill. Earlier, a lower court called the extensive spying program already ‘unconstitutional’.

Under the program locks US telecom providers like Verizon, metadata about their customers to the NSA. It is not about the content of phone calls, but on metadata such as location and time of the call, and who called. The program is particularly controversial because the NSA, an intelligence we focus on overseas should address, Americans take a closer look.

Moreover, the US government is already working to reform the program. In addition, the metadata should no longer be stored by the NSA itself, but by the providers. Then the NSA can then retrieve the data when needed. That is akin to the European data retention, with telecom and internet providers for a certain period data about the behavior of their customers should keep. Both the European data retention as the Dutch implementation thereof be declared invalid by the court, but the government is working on a new version that it must pass muster.

Update, 19:30 – The Guardian reports that American judges find that the program is unconstitutional, but does not have to be stopped immediately. They find that there is a debate to come in Congress.


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