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  • Court Denies Injunction That Would Have Halted the Mass Surveillance Program Right Away

    According to a recent ruling from the US appeals court, the National Security Agency’s collection of phone metadata will be allowed to continue during the 180 day wind down period that was authorize by Congress. The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ended up striking down the preliminary junction that was sought by the American Civil Liberties Union, which would have stopped the mass surveillance program right away. The legal limits on the NSA will take effect on November 29th as a result of the recent decision.

    Circuit Judge Gerard Lynch had the following to say regarding the matter:

    An abrupt end to the program would be contrary to the public interest in effective surveillance of terrorist threats, and Congress thus provided a 180-day transition period. Under the circumstances, we will defer to that reasonable decision.
    For those of you who didn’t know, Lynch was responsible for authorizing a May decision which found the metadata collection illegal. The following month, Congress passed the USA Freedom Act, which enables the upcoming restrictions on the NSA. Critics of the events have complained that the bill didn’t go far enough when it came to limiting surveillance.

    The whole issue of the government surveilling the general public all became an issue back in 2013 when former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, leaked documents to The Guardian proving that the NSA was collecting a large amount of data in the US and abroad. The data included swept phone records and Internet traffic from innocent people and suspected terrorists alike. In many cases, the NSA ended up benefiting from collusion by carriers such as AT&T and Verizon as well as other major US tech companies

    Based on the documents provided by Snowden, Apple was named an NSA target, although the company quickly denied knowledge of the PRISM program or providing direct access to servers. Since that time though, the company is said to have complied with NSA requests for data as evidenced by so-called “warrant canaries” disappearing from its transparency reports.

    Though the surveilling will continue for a few more weeks, as of right now, it will be coming to an end in by the end of the month, at least by law.

    Source: Apple (Privacy) (Transparency Reports), Reuters via AppleInsider
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    Comments 1 Comment
    1. cmwade77's Avatar
      cmwade77 -
      What good does a law do? They broke it in doing the monitoring, why does anyone think a new law will put a stop to it?