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Privacy Lawsuits Over NSA Spying Force Retention of Metadata 59

Posted by samzenpus
from the keeping-it-a-bit-longer dept.
jfruh writes "Under the U.S.'s previously secret program of gathering phone call metadata, that information was only retained for a period of five years. Now the government has petitioned the court system to retain it longer — not because it wants to, it says, but because it needs to preserve it as evidence for the various privacy lawsuits filed against the government. Federal lawyers have suggested several ways the information can be preserved without being available to the NSA."
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Privacy Lawsuits Over NSA Spying Force Retention of Metadata

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  • by jafiwam (310805) on Friday February 28, 2014 @09:32AM (#46366741) Homepage Journal

    It's interesting they are now saying "information that was only retained for a period of five years."

    Five years is about as long as some of that stuff has been in place. Which means basically, on their own, none of it has been deleted ever.

    Also, this "five years" thing just popped up. I am sure it would have been discussed at length. So it's new, made up information.

    And also probably a gigantic, colossal, and obvious LIE.

    So THIS now means "don't sue us or we'll go even MORE tyrannical on your ass".

    Elections have consequences folks.

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