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You'll have to wait longer for the NSA spying ban to take effect

You'll have to wait longer for the NSA spying ban to take effect
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If you think the government hasn't been snooping on you since Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the National Security Agency's surveillance practices in 2013, you're wrong. That will happen soon, but not yet.

In fact, just today a New York court delayed giving your privacy back to you a while longer. The case involves a ban on the government's anti-terrorism surveillance of millions of phone records.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York upheld Congress' decision to have a 180-day transition period from the government's bulk collection of phone records to a targeted anti-terrorism surveillance program. In May, the court ruled that NSA's bulk collection of phone records violated the USA Patriot Act.

Congress had said that an abrupt change in the program could actually have a negative effect on U.S. citizens, in terms of making the country vulnerable to terrorists. The 2nd Circuit judge agreed with that. He said, "Under the circumstances, we will defer to that reasonable decision."

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