Privacy

Judge reverses order for NSA to preserve data

June 9, 2014

Federal Judge Jeffrey White Friday reversed part of an order he issued June 5 to prevent the NSA from destroying data collected on parties related to a 2013 lawsuit, according to a Courthouse News Service report.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, who represent the plaintiffs and claim the NSA violated their First Amendment rights, had wanted the agency to keep all data related to the surveillance case. In March, White ordered the agency to stop destroying surveillance data. But the digital rights group accused the NSA of violating White's order.  

But after mulling arguments from both sides, which included the contention by NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett that acting now would “unleash" unpredictable consequences, potentially requiring the NSA to “shut down all systems and databases” that contain information collected under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, White rescinded his order.

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