Privacy Group Asks Court to Stop NSA Surveillance

The privacy rights group Electronic Privacy Information Center has filed an emergency petition with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to stop the National Security Agency from collecting Americans’ phone records. The petition seeks to vacate a secret order by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court – revealed in a leak by Edward Snowden – that ordered a Verizon business subsidiary to give the government all its customer records on an “ongoing daily basis.” Alternatively, the petition asks the court to grant review of the surveillance court’s ruling. The ABA Journal has more on the story and links to coverage.