FISC Rubber Stamp Still Getting A Workout: Not A Single Application Rejected in 2013

from the good-to-spy dept

This shouldn’t be a huge surprise, but it appears that the old trusty rubber stamp at the FISA Court is still working quite well. In 2013, despite widespread criticism over its previous “perfect record,” the FISA Court continued its streak and approved every single one of the 1,655 applications to get information on people. That means there hasn’t been a rejection in four years. That said, as FISC defenders have pointed out, the court does push back on some requests, and require them to be amended. One potentially good note is that out of 178 requests made for business records under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act (the program used to collect bulk information), 141 were sent back by FISC for modifications. It seems likely that at least some of those modifications are part of the Snowden effect.

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