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Surveillance watchdog concludes metadata program is illegal, “should end”

Ars Technica: Congress-approved board says NSA program “lacks a viable legal foundation."

According to leaked copies of a forthcoming report by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), the government’s metadata collection program "lacks a viable legal foundation under Section 215, implicates constitutional concerns under the First and Fourth Amendments, raises serious threats to privacy and civil liberties as a policy matter, and has shown only limited value… As a result, the board recommends that the government end the program."

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