EPIC asks Supreme Court to look at collection of telephone records

  • Updated: July 8, 2013 - 1:50 PM

WASHINGTON — A privacy group is asking the Supreme Court to stop the National Security Agency from collecting the telephone records of millions of Verizon customers in the United States.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center said Monday that it wants justices to step into the controversy over American intelligence agencies looking at phone records of millions of U.S. customers. EPIC said in court papers only the Supreme Court can overrule a decision by the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, whose order allowing the NSA to get the records cannot be reviewed by other federal courts.

EPIC says "it is simply not possible that every phone record in the possession of a telecommunications firm could be relevant to an authorized investigation."

There was no immediate reaction from the court.

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