NSA Bulk Data Collection Ruled Illegal By Federal Appeals Court
Overturning an earlier opinion, the Federal appeals court wrote
“If Congress decides to authorize the collection of the data desired by the government under conditions identical to those now in place, the program will continue in the future under that authorization,” the court wrote in its conclusion.
The court also voices concerns about the way that the program’s internal, secret review policy and complains about its use of the concept of “relevance” to justify the broad data collection.
In any event, the ball is now in Congress’ court. If it wants to keep the program alive, it can do so, and if it wants to keep the program in its current form, it can do so, but it will need to be specific time around. This isn’t the only issue plaguing the NSA in recent weeks. The government agency is also struggling to convince Americans that their encrypted data should be unlockable by the government.