Court rejects NSA request to keep data


Julian Hattem
The Hill
March 8, 2014

Nothing will stop the NSA from trying to capture all digital data that exists. Credit: EFF via Wiki

Nothing will stop the NSA from trying to capture all digital data that exists. Credit: EFF via Wiki


The secretive federal surveillance court has denied the National Security Agency’s (NSA) attempt to hold onto people’s phone records for longer than the law allows.

In an order released on Friday, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court said the Justice Department’s attempt to authorize keeping the records beyond the current five-year legal limit “is simply unpersuasive.”

“The Court has not found any case law supporting the government’s broad assertion that its duty to preserve supersedes statutory or regulatory requirements,” Judge Reggie Walton wrote in the court’s decision.

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