Legal News of the Day: Suits Over NSA’s Phone Data Collection Practices Begin

nsalogoOn Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed suit against the National Security Agency, challenging its phone data collection practices that were recently leaked.  The ACLU is arguing that the NSA’s practices violate rights of free speech, association, and privacy, as protected under the First and Fourth Amendments.  The complaint also argues that the NSA’s practices exceeds Congress’ authority as outlined in the Patriot Act.

On Monday, a motion was filed by the ACLU’s DC affiliate and the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic at Yale Law School, requesting that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that required Verizon to turn over information about phone calls between the U.S. and foreign countries provide a statutory basis for its decision.  On Monday, the first private suit challenging the surveillance was also filed.