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Tue Jul 16, 2013, 01:12 PM

Eclectic group sues U.S. government over phone data surveillance

Source: Reuters

Eclectic group sues U.S. government over phone data surveillance

By Dan Levine
SAN FRANCISCO | Tue Jul 16, 2013 1:37pm EDT

(Reuters) - A diverse collection of groups, including a gun manufacturer and marijuana legalization advocates, sued the U.S. government on Tuesday, alleging that the National Security Agency conducts unlawful dragnet surveillance of telephone calls.

The lawsuit, filed in a Northern California federal court, follows disclosures about NSA surveillance programs by fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden.

The suit targets the NSA's "Associational Tracking Program," which collects phone information from all major American telecommunication companies, including time and duration of calls.

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The group of 18 plaintiffs - including a Unitarian church, an Islamic advocacy group and a gun rights organization - subscribe to Verizon and other phone carriers, the lawsuit said.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/16/us-usa-security-nsa-lawsuit-idUSBRE96F0ZV20130716

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