A federal judge in New York has blocked a lawsuit from a former contractor from the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Boston headquarters seeking access to millions of Americans’ phone records.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit group, filed the lawsuit against the NSA in March on behalf of an individual who is the former Director of Engineering for the agency’s Bletchley Park research facility.
The plaintiffs say that the data collected by the NSA violates Americans’ privacy.
The NSA claims that it has an “exhaustive list” of Americans it can query, and the data it gathers can only be used for legitimate purposes.
However, the Electronic Frontier foundation alleges that the government has collected and stored records about hundreds of thousands of Americans without a warrant.
The data includes records about Americans’ internet browsing history, their phone calls, their emails, the websites they visit and where they log into the internet.
The government claims that these records are necessary for national security and that there are limits on how they can be used.