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    From ZDNet

    A U.S. secret surveillance court has ruled the mass collection of telephone call data by the U.S. government as lawful, despite fears that the practice may fall in breach of Fourth Amendment rights against unwarranted searches.

    In an opinion released on Tuesday, dated August 29, U.S. Foreign Intelligence Court Judge Claire Eagen said the initial ruling allowing U.S. intelligence agencies to vacuum up vast amounts of domestic and international call data does not violate the law.

    The document [PDF], released by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), said it found “there is no Constitutional impediment to the requested production” of metadata from phone companies order to hand over “all tangible things” under Section 215 of the Patriot Act.

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