Judge Pauley said that protections under the Fourth Amendment do not apply to records held by third parties, like phone companies.He says it is.
“This blunt tool only works because it collects everything,” Judge Pauley said in the ruling. “While robust discussions are underway across the nation, in Congress and at the White House, the question for this court is whether the government’s bulk telephony metadata program is lawful."
December 27, 2013
Judge William H. Pauley III grants the government's motion to dismiss in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU.