SCOTUS Ends Case Against Telecoms
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.October 10, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court has ended a class-action lawsuit filed six years ago against U.S. telecommunications companies for assisting the National Security Agency (NSA) in monitoring international phone calls and e-mails, reports the Los Angeles Times. The suit was “dealt a death blow in 2008 when Congress granted retroactive immunity” to the companies, the report states, and the court has turned down appeals from civil liberties groups without comment. A case is expected to come before the court later this month to decide whether NSA agents can be sued for authorizing the wiretapping, the report states.