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Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act -- Telephony Metadata

The National Security Agency's ("NSA") so-called "Bulk Telephony Metadata Program" proceeds under Section 501 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 ("FISA"), commonly referred to as Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act. Under the program, the NSA has apparently collected records from large telecommunication companies about virtually all domestic telephone calls. These records, termed "telephony metadata," include the phone numbers placed and received; the date, time and duration of calls; some location identifiers; and calling card numbers. The records, however, allegedly do not include the parties' names, addresses or financial information or the call's content. This special collection brings together all cases addressing this program, mostly in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, but some elsewhere.
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 [Caption Redacted] DNI/AG 702(h) Cerifications 2018 (July 2019) (702, Cabranes, J.; Tallman, J.; Sentelle, J.)
[redacted] (FISC)
Filed 2018 - Closed 2019
Federal Bureau of Investigation
National Security
NS-DC-0133
Coding Complete
Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, 50 U.S.C. § 1881a, permits the Attorney General (AG) and the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to conduct foreign intelligence surveillance targeting the communications of non-U.S. persons located abroad. The government need not establish probable cause that the target of electronic ... [view]
2 In re Opinions and Orders of this Court Containing Novel or Significant Interpretations of Law
Misc. 16-01 (FISC)
Filed 10/19/2016 - Case Ongoing
United States
National Security
NS-DC-0117
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
For the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse collection of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) matters, see our special collection. On October 19, 2016, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic of Yale Law ... [view]
3 In re Carter W. Page: A U.S. Person [FISA dockets 16-1182, 17-52, 17-375, 17-679]
16-1182 (FISC)
Filed 10/01/2016 - Closed 2017
Carter W. Page
National Security
NS-DC-0127
Coding Complete
In 2016, the FBI sought and obtained a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant against Trump 2016 campaign foreign policy advisor Carter Page. The warrant applications against Page alleged that he had contact with Russian officials to collect compromising information on Trump's 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton. After substantial ... [view]
4 In re [Redacted] a U.S. Person
PR/TT 2016 (FISC)
Filed 2016 - Closed 2016
United States
National Security
NS-DC-0104
Coding Complete
For the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse collection of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) matters, see our special collection. On January 21, 2016, the government submitted an application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to ... [view]
5 In re Application of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for Orders Requiring the Production of Call Detail Records
[Redacted] (FISC)
Filed 11/30/2015 - Closed 2015
no defendants on record
National Security
NS-DC-0141
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
6 In re Motion in Opposition to Government's Imminent or Recently-Made Request to Resume Bulk Data Collection Under PATRIOT Act § 215 [Misc. 15-01]
Misc. 15-01 (FISC)
Filed 06/05/2015 - Closed
United States of America
National Security
NS-DC-0085
Coding Complete
On June 5, 2015, FreedomWorks Foundation, a non-profit political advocacy group, filed this motion in the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to oppose the government's request for the continuation of authority for the bulk collection of telephony metadata under Section 215 of the Patriot Act. This bulk collection program was previously ... [view]
7 The New York Times Company v. National Security Agency
1:15-cv-02383-KBF (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 01/12/2015 - Closed 2016
National Security Agency
National Security Agency
National Security
NS-NY-0016
Washington
Coding Complete
On January 12, 2015, the New York Times (“the Times”) submitted a Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) request to the National Security Agency (“NSA”) pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552. The Times sought copies of all NSA Inspector General Reports related to three topics: the NSA’s content collection ... [view]
8 In re Applications of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for Orders Requiring the Production of Tangible Things [BR 15-77 & 15-78]
BR 15-77 & 15-78 (FISC)
Filed 2015 - Closed
United States
National Security
NS-DC-0087
Coding Complete
In 2015, the U.S. government submitted these two applications to the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) under Section 501 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (as amended by Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act of 2001) for "business records" orders. This case does not appear to involve the bulk production of telephone ... [view]
9 In re Application of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for an Order Requiring the Production of Tangible Things from [redacted], FISA Docket BR 15-24
BR 15-24 (FISC)
Filed 2015 - Closed 2015
no defendants on record
National Security
NS-DC-0070
Coding Complete
For the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse collection of FISA matters, see our special collection. On January 17, 2014, the Director of National Intelligence authorized the declassification and public release of numerous orders approving the National Security ... [view]
10 In re Application of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for an Order Requiring the Production of Tangible Things from [redacted] [BR 15-75]
BR 15-75 (FISC)
Filed 2015 - Closed
United States
National Security Agency
National Security
NS-DC-0086
Coding Complete
Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the National Security Agency (NSA) began the bulk collection of "telephony metadata" from all available domestic phone calls. This metadata did not include the call's content or party names, but did include phone numbers placed and received; the date, time and duration of calls; some location ... [view]
11 In re Application of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for an Order Requiring the Production of Tangible Things from [redacted]
BR 15-99 (FISC)
Filed 2015 - Closed
United States
National Security
NS-DC-0101
Coding Complete
Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the National Security Agency (NSA) began the bulk collection of "telephony metadata" from all available domestic phone calls. This metadata did not include the call's content or party names, but did include phone numbers placed and received; the date, time and duration of calls; some location ... [view]
12 Paul v. Obama
1:14-cv-00262 (D.D.C.)
Filed 02/18/2014 - Closed 2019
National Security Agency (NSA)
National Security
NS-DC-0075
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
On February 18, 2014, a senator of Kentucky and non-profit organization FreedomWorks filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs sued the U.S. government, including the NSA and FBI, under the Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201. Represented by private counsel, the plaintiffs asked the court ... [view]
13 Perez v. Clapper
3:14-cv-00050 (W.D. Tex.)
Filed 02/05/2014 - Closed 2015
National Security Agency
National Security
NS-TX-0003
Washington
Coding Complete
On February 5, 2014, two activists filed this lawsuit pro se in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. The plaintiffs sued the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice under Bivens. The plaintiffs alleged violations of their First, Fourth, and Fifth Amendment Rights and requested declaratory relief ... [view]
14 In re Application of the FBI for an Order Requiring the Production of Tangible Things From [Redacted], BR 14-01
BR 14-01 (FISC)
Filed 2014 - Closed 2014
no defendants on record
National Security
NS-DC-0051
Coding Complete
For the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse collection of FISA matters, see our special collection. On January 3, 2014, the Director of National Intelligence announced that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ("FISC") had again approved the National ... [view]
15 In re Application of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for an Order Requiring the Production of Tangible Things from [Redacted], FISA BR 14-96
BR 14-96 (FISC)
Filed 2014 - Closed 2014
no defendants on record
National Security
NS-DC-0054
Coding Complete
For the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse collection of FISA matters, see our special collection. On January 17, 2014, the Director of National Intelligence authorized the declassification and public release of numerous orders approving the National Security ... [view]
16 In re Application of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for an Order Requiring the Production of Tangible Things from [Redacted], FISC BR 14-67
BR 14-67 (FISC)
Filed 2014 - Closed 2014
no defendants on record
National Security
NS-DC-0055
Coding Complete
For the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse collection of FISA matters, see our special collection. On January 17, 2014, the Director of National Intelligence authorized the declassification and public release of numerous orders approving the National Security ... [view]
17 In re Application of the FBI for an Order Requiring the Production of Tangible Things from [Redacted]. FISA Docket BR 14-125
BR 14-125 (FISC)
Filed 2014 - Closed 2014
no defendants on record
National Security
NS-DC-0067
Coding Complete
For the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse collection of FISA matters, see our special collection. On January 17, 2014, the Director of National Intelligence authorized the declassification and public release of numerous orders approving the National Security ... [view]
18 In re Application of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for an Order Requiring the Production of Tangible Things from [redacted], FISA Docket BR 14-166
BR 14-166 (FISC)
Filed 2014 - Closed 2015
no defendants on record
National Security
NS-DC-0069
Coding Complete
For the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse collection of FISA matters, see our special collection. On January 17, 2014, the Director of National Intelligence authorized the declassification and public release of numerous orders approving the National Security ... [view]
19 In re Application of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for an Order Requiring the Production of Tangible Things [FISA Docket Misc. 14-01]
Misc. 14-01 (FISC)
Filed 2014 - Closed
no defendants on record
National Security
NS-DC-0071
Coding Complete
For the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse collection of FISA matters, see our special collection. On January 17, 2014, the Director of National Intelligence authorized the declassification and public release of numerous orders approving the National Security ... [view]
20 In re Motion of ProPublica, Inc. for the Release of Court Records [FISC Docket Misc. 13-09]
Misc. 13-09 (FISC)
Filed 11/12/2013 - Case Ongoing
United States
National Security
NS-DC-0027
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
21 In re Opinions & Orders of this Court Addressing Bulk Collection of Data under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act [FISA Docket Misc. 13-08, FISCR docket 20-1]
Misc. 13-08 (FISC)
Filed 11/07/2013 - Case Ongoing
Department of Justice
National Security Agency
National Security
NS-DC-0026
Coding Complete
For the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse collection of FISA matters, see our special collection. On January 17, 2014, following the disclosure of various dragnet National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs by Edward Snowden, the Director of National ... [view]
22 First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles v. National Security Agency
4:13-cv-03287 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 09/10/2013 - Case Ongoing
National Security Agency
Speech and Religious Freedom
National Security
NS-CA-0003
Washington
Coding Complete
On September 10, 2013, organizations, associations, and advocacy groups, their staffs, and their members who subscribed to major American telecommunication companies filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the National Security Agency ("NSA"), the Department of Justice, and the United States of ... [view]
23 Klayman v. Obama
1:13-cv-00881 (D.D.C.)
Filed 06/12/2013 - Closed 2019
National Security Agency
National Security
NS-DC-0007
Washington
Coding Complete
This is the first U.S. District Court to rule on the National Security Agency's ("NSA") so-called "Bulk Telephony Metadata Program" under Section 501 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 ("FISA"), commonly referred to as Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act. Under the program, the NSA has apparently collected records from large ... [view]
24 Smith v. Obama
2:13-cv-00257-BLW (D. Idaho)
Filed 06/12/2013 - Closed 2016
Department of Defense
National Security
NS-ID-0001
Coding Complete
On June 12, 2013, a private citizen Verizon Wireless subscriber filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho, under the Administrative Procedure Act and the Constitution, against the President, the Director of National Intelligence, the Director of the National Security Agency, the Secretary of Defense, the Attorney ... [view]
25 ACLU v. Clapper
1:13-cv-03994-WHP (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 06/11/2013 - Closed 2018
National Security Agency
National Security
NS-NY-0003
Washington
Coding Complete
On June 11, 2013, the ACLU and the N.Y. Civil Liberties Union filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against the National Security Agency ("NSA"). The organizations served as both plaintiff and counsel, and sought an injunction permanently enjoining the government's mass call-tracking program and ... [view]
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