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D.C. District Court Issues Injunction in Klayman v. Obama

Judge Richard Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has issued an injunction against the NSA's bulk metadata collection program in his ruling in Klayman v. Obama, ruling that the plantiffs "are likely to have standing to challenge the constitutionality" of the program.

You can read the full opinion below:


CA2 Denies Injunctive Relief in ACLU v. Clapper

This morning, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in ACLU v. Clapper declined to issue a preliminary injunction halting NSA's bulk collection under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act as authorized by the USA FREEDOM Act's 180 day transition period. The court held that the USA FREEDOM Act provides statutory authorization for bulk collection of metadata under Section 215 through the 180 day transition period authorized by the statute, meaning that Section 215 collection may continue under the appropriate statutory authorization through November 29, 2015.

FISA: 215 Collection

ODNI and DOJ Release Last Section 215 Collection Order

On Friday, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court authorized the extension of the NSA's collection of bulk telephony metadata under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act until November 29th, 2015—the latter date marking the end of a transition to new, narrower surveillance rules imposed by the USA Freedom Act.


NSA Will Destroy Section 215 Records

According to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the National Security Agency will no longer access the historical metadata collected under Section 215 after the 180-day transition period authorized under the USA Freedom Act. The Agency will retain the information for three additional months (so, until sometime in late February 2016) to allow technical personel to evaluate the integrity of data from the new collection method, but it will be off limits for analytical purposes.


FISA Court Order Revives NSA Bulk Metadata Collection

Dustin Volz of the National Journal brings us the news that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has "revived the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' phone records" for an additional five months, as allowed under the USA Freedom Act passed earlier this month.

The order, written by Judge Michael W. Mosman, begins

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