Supreme Court Declines To Review NSA Data Collection


The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday passed on the opportunity to review the National Security Agency’s phone data collection after a privacy group filed a “mandamus” petition, a type of review rarely taken up by the court, according to Politico.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center asked the court to look at a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order that authorized the NSA to conduct broad surveillance under the Patriot Act.

The court’s decision to pass on the petition does not mean that it will not take up a case involving the NSA’s surveillance programs in the future. There are currently three lawsuits that could make their way up to the Supreme Court, the Justice Department told Politico.