The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the US government, saying it needs to know more about the surveillance of Americans’ phone and financial records as the law that regulates the scrutiny is set to expire in 2019.
The ACLU filed a lawsuit against the NSA, the CIA, the director of national intelligence and the Justice Department in federal court, seeking information about programs that collect records during clandestine intelligence activities. The group is concerned because previous requests have gone unanswered and the information “relates to sweeping surveillance activities that implicate core privacy and free speech rights of Americans.”
The law was meant to curtail unnecessary surveillance, but data collection continues to occur on an immense scale. The government collected more than 534 million call records in 2017 while claiming to have only 40 surveillance targets.