The Second Circuit has ruled that the NSA’s phone metadata surveillance program is not authorized by the Patriot Act. NBC News has a typical news story from New York, here. The court seems to invite Congress to make the NSA’s authority more explicit when it must consider renewing the Patriot Act in June.
The case is ACLU v. Clapper and the opinion is here.
Update: May 8
Electronic Frontier Foundation reports a decision in the 11th Circuit in Miami, en banc, 9-2, in U.S. vs. Davis, that citizens can presume no right to privacy in cell phone location data held by third parties, story by Cindy Cohn and Hanni Fakhoury, link here.