Supreme Court sides with feds on NSA spying

Josh Peterson Tech Editor
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The Supreme Court rejected a challenge launched by privacy advocates against the National Security Agency’s phone spying program, The New York Times reports.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a public interest research center, filed a challenge with the Supreme Court in July arguing that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) exceeded its jurisdiction by authorizing the NSA’s bulk phone-records collection program.

The formerly clandestine program was thrust into the spotlight in June by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s disclosure to The Guardian regarding a secret court order reauthorizing the agency’s collection of U.S. phone records of Verizon Business Network Services.

On Monday, the Supreme Court rejected EPIC’s petition without giving a reason, reports The New York Times.

“The justices gave no reason for rejecting the group’s petition, but the unusual procedure of bypassing the lower courts probably played a role. Other, more conventional challenges to government surveillance programs are pending,” writes the publication.

On Oct. 11, the FISC reauthorized the NSA program for another 90 days.

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