Electronic Frontier Foundation “Jewel” Team”
OAKLAND, CA—The federal judge that had temporarily ordered the National Security Agency to preserve all evidence in a longstanding surveillance case, including data gathered specifically under the government’s Section 702 program, has now reversed that order.
“In order to protect national security programs, I cannot issue a ruling at this time. The Court rescinds the June 5 order,” Judge Jeffrey White said from the bench.
Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is the legal authority which the NSA uses as the basis for PRISM and other surveillance and data collection programs. The government is still required to preserve data collected under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, the law which governs the telecom metadata handover program, the first disclosure to come from the documents provided by Edward Snowden.
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