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WASHINGTON (CNN) – A federal judge ruled Monday that a controversial program that secretly collected Americans’ phone records was unconstitutional.

The judge ruled that the National Security Agency’s collection of phone records violates privacy rights.

In his decision, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said the surveillance program “infringes on that degree of privacy that the Founders enshrined in the Fourth Amendment.”

Despite the ruling, he put off enforcing an order that would bring the practice to a halt pending an appeal by the government.

The NSA has admitted that it received secret court approval to collect data from Verizon and various Internet companies.

Currently, there’s no word on whether the Obama administration plans to seek an appeal.