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Submission + - California Court Orders NSA Records Retained In Potential Conflict w/ FISA Court ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: PC World reports, "A court in California has prohibited the destruction of phone records collected by the government until further orders, raising a potential conflict with an order last week by the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in Washington, D.C. Judge Jeffrey S. White of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ordered Monday the retention of the call details in two lawsuits that have challenged the U.S. National Security Agency’s program for the collection of telephone metadata. A number of lawsuits challenging the NSA program have been filed by privacy and other groups ... On Friday, Reggie B. Walton, presiding judge of the FISC, denied a motion from the Department of Justice that the current five-year limit for holding phone metadata should be extended indefinitely as it could be required as evidence in the civil lawsuits challenging the program."
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California Court Orders NSA Records Retained In Potential Conflict w/ FISA Court

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  • One needs to look hard...
    Tactics like this could be orchestrated
    by one or more TLA to expand their budget.
    And also expand their program.

    One ruling the court should append to this is restrictions
    and segregation of data retained by the court from data
    amassed by the TLAs involved. Not a simple access
    control list entry but physical partitioning etc.

    One very real problem with this brave new world is
    the vast volumes of the data make it difficult to impossible
    for the courts to mine the data for violations. The

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