NSA's Bulk Collection of Americans' Phone Records Was Illegal

A federal appeals court in New York ruled that the bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the government exceeds what Congress has allowed.
In it, a three-judge panel said the case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union illustrated the complexity of balancing privacy interests with the nation's security.
The appeals court said the lower court had erred in ruling that the phone records collection program was legal.
The case hinges on revelations from a leak of NSA documents by Edward Snowden that exposed the bulk collection of information domestically by the agency.