Archive for the ‘ Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ’ Category

WashPost: Surveillance court rejected Verizon challenge to NSA calls program


By Ellen Nakashima
Saturday, April 26, 2014

Verizon in January filed a legal challenge to the constitutionality of the National Security Agency’s program that collects billions of Americans’ call-detail records, but a surveillance court rejected it, according to newly declassified documents and individuals with knowledge of the matter.

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Reuters: U.S. court allows more phone snooping

Antennas of the former NSA listening station are seen at the Teufelsberg hill or Devil's Mountain in Berlin

Antennas of the former National Security Agency (NSA) listening station are seen at the Teufelsberg hill, or Devil’s Mountain in Berlin, November 5, 2013. (REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)

WASHINGTON Fri Jan 3, 2014 9:05pm EST

(Reuters) – The secretive U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Friday renewed the authority of U.S. intelligence agencies to collect data on millions of Americans’ telephone calls in a program that has set off a legal battle over privacy rights.

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NYTimes: N.S.A. Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizens


Published: September 28, 2013

WASHINGTON — Since 2010, the National Security Agency has been exploiting its huge collections of data to create sophisticated graphs of some Americans’ social connections that can identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their traveling companions and other personal information, according to newly disclosed documents and interviews with officials.

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LATimes: FISA court defends NSA surveillance decisions


The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court says National Security Agency practices aren’t unconstitutional because numbers dialed aren’t private.

By David G. Savage
September 17, 2013, 9:48 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The secretive federal court that oversees government surveillance released a recent opinion Tuesday that explains and defends its decisions giving the National Security Agency broad power to collect the phone records of all Americans.

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US News: Declassified Documents Reveal NSA Privacy Violations


Declassified National Security Agency documents have spurred criticism of government surveillance programs.

Agency’s spying programs violated court standards, disclosures show
By Tom Risen
September 11, 2013 RSS Feed Print

More than 1,800 pages of declassified documents reveal that the National Security Agency (NSA) violated the privacy protections of Americans between 2006 and 2009 by failing to meet a court-ordered standard for its phone data collection program.

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Politico: Lawmakers, privacy groups rattled by latest NSA reveal


By TONY ROMM and ALEX BYERS | 8/21/13 11:05 PM EDT

Congressional critics of government surveillance blasted the NSA and promised additional hearings after the Obama administration on Wednesday declassified documents that show thousands of Americans’ emails had been scooped up.

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WashPost: NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds


By Barton Gellman
Published: August 15 E-mail the writer

The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents.

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