Court rules NSA’s bulk collection of phone records illegal

The US Court of Appeals for the ninth circuit has decided that the National Security Agency (NSA) metadata program collecting billions of phone records was illegal since it violated the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The NSA metadata program began without authorisation of the court after the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks to connect targets of interest. Similar programmes were approved in 2006 and renewed several times. Details of the NSA metadata programme were exposed by Edward Snowden in 2013.