April 8, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
Human Rights Watch (HRW) filed suit Tuesday accusing the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of collecting records of the organization's telephone calls to foreign countries. The DEA attempted to make the existence of a mass surveillance program confidential until January, when a federal ...[read more]
November 5, 2014
by William Helbling
A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a case challenging the National Security Agency's (NSA) phone data surveillance program. Prior to oral arguments, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Electronic ...[read more]
October 14, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday let stand an appeals court ruling that said the US Department of Justice (DOJ) could refuse to release a 2010 memo regarding phone record collection under an exception to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The court will not hear an appeal from civil liberties ...[read more]
September 24, 2014
by Michael Finley
JURIST Guest Columnist Robert Bracknell, a career Marine officer, continues his discussion on ways to reform the military judicial system...This is the second of a two part series on transparency in military court-martial and attorney/judicial misconduct investigation records. Part I presents the ...[read more]
May 26, 2012
by Cody Harding
On May 26, 2011, US President Barack Obama signed a four-year extension of the Patriot Act minutes before it was set to expire. The US Senate had passed the bill 72-23, and the US House of Representatives passed it shortly thereafter by a vote of 250-153. Controversial programs renewed included ...[read more]
September 1, 2011
by Zach Zagger
Lawyers for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on Wednesday urged the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Seattle to preserve two lawsuits over the warrantless surveillance of US citizens. EFF argued that the government should not be able block the suits under claims of state ...[read more]
March 31, 2011
by Sarah Paulsworth
The Czech Republic's Constitutional Court on Thursday overturned parts of a controversial data retention law that obligated telecommunications companies to maintain records of their customers' internet and telephone usage. The court found that paragraphs 3 and 4 of § 97 of the Electronic ...[read more]
November 12, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On November 12, 2007, The US District Court for the District of Columbia ordered the White House to preserve all of its e-mail records by saving back-up disks. The order was a loss for the Bush administration, which had been fighting lawsuits brought by private advocacy groups Citizens for ...[read more]
January 1, 2010
by Christian Ehret
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Wednesday ruled that the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are not required to confirm or deny the existence of electronic surveillance records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The suit was brought by ...[read more]
December 30, 2009
by Ingrid Burke
Wilner, et al. v. National Security Agency, et al., US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, December 30, 2009 .Reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here. Latest commentary available here. JURIST has more on the Freedom of Information Act... ...[read more]

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