The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has officially appealed a recent decision by a New York District Court Judge that determined that the National Security Agency's (NSA) wide-scale surveillance of mobile phone data was legal and within the confines of the law. The filing with the Federal Appeals Court could ultimately lead to the case being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.
According to the ACLU's filing today, US District Judge William Pauley III erred in his December 27 ruling when he concluded that the NSA’s collection of telephone metadata does not amount to an illegal search under the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
"The government has a legitimate interest in tracking the associations of suspected terrorists, but tracking those associations does not require the government to subject every citizen to permanent surveillance," said the ACLU in a statement announcing the appeal.
The ACLU also pointed to another ruling in the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC, in which a different federal judge concluded that the database was likely illegal. He described the government's activities in his ruling as "Orwellian."
We will have more on this story as it develops.
Source: GIGA OM