The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan issued its decision Thursday.READ MORE: Driver Charged With DWI, Manslaughter In Crash That Killed Mother, Daughter On Rockaway Boulevard In Queens
In it, a three-judge panel said the case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union illustrated the complexity of balancing privacy interests with the nation’s security.
A lower court judge had thrown out the case. The appeals court said the lower court had erred in ruling that the phone records collection program was legal.READ MORE: Citizen App Seeks 'Field Team Members' To Live Stream Breaking News Stories
However, the 2nd Circuit declined to block the program, saying it is now up to Congress to decide whether and under what conditions it should continue.
It said a debate in Congress could profoundly alter the legal landscape.MORE NEWS: NYC DOT Asks New Yorkers To Weigh In On Future Citi Bike Station Locations In Brooklyn, Queens
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