A federal judge in New York ruled Friday that the massive collection of telephone records by the National Security Agency is lawful.
But last week another judge found that the NSAâ€™s program was likely unconstitutional, making it more likely that the Supreme Court will make its own ruling.
In a statement, the ACLU, which brought the lawsuit after former NSA leaker Edward Snowden brought the program to light, said it would appeal the case.
â€śWe are extremely disappointed with this decision, which misinterprets the relevant statutes, understates the privacy implications of the governmentâ€™s surveillance and misapplies a narrow and outdated precedent to read away core constitutional protections,â€ť said Jameel Jaffer, an ACLU deputy legal director.
Justice Department spokesman Peter Carr said the government is â€śpleased the court found the NSAâ€™s bulk telephony metadata collection program to be lawful.
President Barack Obama suggested last week that he could make significant changes to the governmentâ€™s vast surveillance programs, including the contentious mass collection of phone records. He said he will make a â€śdefinitive statementâ€ť about the programs next month after considering his options during a two-week family vacation in Hawaii.