The US government’s mass surveillance of communications received a major setback today with a court of appeals ruling that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records is illegal, said Amnesty International.
"For almost two years since the Snowden revelations, the US government has claimed the bulk collection of phone records is legitimate. Today's decision is a sign that the case for mass surveillance programmes is crumbling," said Sherif Elsayed-Ali, Deputy Director of Global Issues at Amnesty International.
"This is just one of several court challenges questioning the legal basis of the mass surveillance programs pursued by the USA and its allies. This should be the beginning of the end as governments are forced to face facts and admit that their surveillance programs have gone far beyond the remit of the law. This decision should spur Congress to let the sun set on section 215 of the USA Patriot Act which has been used to conduct surveillance far beyond even our worst fears.