Court papers declassified this week have revealed that the NSA phone data collection scheme is even messier that you might have thought. According to the documents, an unnamed phone company's attempt to protect customer data from the NSA was rejected by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
The phone company in question requested on January 22 that the court overturn a previous directive requiring that it hand over phone records to the NSA. The request was rejected by Federal District Court Judge Rosemary M. Collyer, who said she was not persuaded by a judicial opinion arguing against the legality of the NSA's practices. Though some individuals and groups have consistently questioned the constitutionality of the NSA's bulk surveillance program, the courts have yet to agree conclusively one way or the other.
[via New York Times]