Secret Court Gives NSA Approval to Continue Collecting Phone Data

Posted in Other World News on Jul 01, 2015

It’s illegal for NSA to collect phone records, or at least, that’s what we were told, but in a blink of the eye, some secret court gave NSA the green light to continue collecting data.

FISA, or the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has officially ruled the National Security Agency can resume collecting data.

In May, a Federal Court ruled that secretly collecting phone records of millions of Americans was illegal under the Patriot Act.

NSA had 180 days to clean up their act but then FISA steps in.

Who the heck is the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court?

It’s a US federal court, authorized in 1978 that oversees requests for surveillance against suspected foreign intelligence agents.

In 2013, an order classified issued by the court it was leaked to the media by Edward Snowden. That order requiring a telecommunications company, Verizon, to deliver daily telephone data, including domestic telephone data to the NSA, triggered a wave of protests and widespread criticism.

Due to the sensitive nature of its activity, the court is a “secret court”.

Their hearings are closed to the public, as CipherCloud is well aware of. While records of proceedings are kept, they are not available to the public, so we have no clue about anything. Period.

Typically, if NSA needs approval, the request goes to FISA, and there have only ever been four rejections.

Get the picture now.

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