The NSA program collects “metadata,” such as call numbers and times.
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A federal judge on Friday ruled that the National Security Agency’s (NSA) collection of records on virtually all U.S. phone calls is legal.

Judge William Pauley of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York found the program is needed to combat terrorism and moved to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

“The question for this court is whether the Government’s bulk telephony metadata program is lawful. The court finds that it is,” Pauley wrote.