Judge deals blow to NSA phone data program

A federal judge ruled Monday that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of phone records likely violates the Constitution, in a major setback for the controversial spy agency. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon granted a preliminary injunction sought by plaintiffs Larry Klayman and Charles Strange. However, he also stayed his decision “pending appeal,” giving…

Verizon ‘handing all call data to US government’

US service provider Verizon is handing call data for millions of its customers to the government, according to a report. The National Security Agency (NSA) is gathering data on scores of citizens under a secret court order that was passed two months ago, The Guardian understands. The secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) granted the order to…