In response to the 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling today that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records is illegal, CREDO Mobile released the following statement:
“As a telecom that can be compelled to participate in unconstitutional surveillance, we welcome the federal court decision striking down mass collection of telephone metadata under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act,” said Becky Bond, Vice President at CREDO Mobile. This gives even greater urgency to our fight to stop Congress from reauthorizing the worst abuses of the PATRIOT Act, which are set to sunset June 1,” Bond continued.
“If Section 215 is reauthorized by the USA Freedom Act it will grant telecoms immunity for breaking the law and threatens to ratify what the court has clearly declared illegal search and seizure of Americans’ private information,” she added. “It’s time for Congress to get on the side of justice and end unconstitutional surveillance under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act.”
CREDO Mobile, America’s only progressive phone company, has been a longtime advocate in the fight to protect civil liberties from government overreach. CREDO is also a committed funder of civil liberties groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Constitutional Rights and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.