NSA phone records spying violated court restrictions for years

The NSA has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the intelligence agency broad new powers in 2008, The Washington Post reports. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


NSA phone records

WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency for about three years violated restrictions on checking U.S. telephone records for surveillance and misled judges on how the data was used, intelligence officials said.The agency on a daily basis improperly checked a select list of phone numbers against databases containing millions of call records, without meeting the necessary standard, according to documents released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to privacy groups Tuesday in response to lawsuits.The violations occurred between …

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