Court Rules NSA Program for Phone Record Collection Illegal
Ever since Edward Snowden blew the whistle on everything that was going on behind the closed doors of NSA offices, Americans have been worried about their privacy.
One issue that has been taken to court with this regard was their collection of phone records of US citizens to serve their purposes.
After the hearings, The Second Circuit Court of Appeals (a federal court) has ruled against the phone record collection program and went on to deem it illegal.
Stating that in their understanding the work of NSA “exceeds the scope of what Congress has authorized” them with, the court added that the part of the Patriot Act that was being used for this “does not authorize the telephone metadata program.”
If Congress chooses to authorize such a far-reaching and unprecedented program, it has every opportunity to do so, unambiguously. Until such times as it does so, however, we decline to deviate from widely accepted interpretations of well-established legal standards.
the ruling was passed by a three judge panel where they maintained the scope of their ruling to the metadata collection program of the National Security Agency only, and did not indulge in discussion over the Constitutional matters in this regard.
In a response to the court ruling, Ned Price of the NSA said that the US president was also clear that the agency should “end the Section 215 bulk telephony metadata program as it currently exists.”
However, they will be putting up an alternative program to retain the “essential capabilities” of the program without keeping the data with the government.
What do you make of this?