Report deems NSA telephone records programme illegal

By Michelle J Anderson and Jim Halpert

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has issued a report concluding that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of telephone call records is illegal and should be ended.

The three-person majority found that the NSA’s telephone records programme violates section 215 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act; violates the Electronic Communications Privacy Act; and raises concerns under the first and fourth amendments.

Moreover, the majority found that the programme has added little national security value — while posing ‘serious threats to privacy and civil liberty concerns as a policy matter’…

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