University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
Title "Don’t cite the Prism v. Upstream collection numbers from Judge Bates’ 2011 FISC opinion anymore"
Author Charlie Savage
External Link https://charliesavage.com/?p=1714
Abstract Among surveillance legal policy specialists, it is common to cite a set of statistics from an October 2011 opinion by Judge John Bates, then of the FISA Court, about the volume of internet communications the National Security Agency was collecting under the FISA Amendments Act (“Section 702”) warrantless surveillance program. In his opinion, declassified in August 2013, Judge Bates wrote that the NSA was collecting more than 250 million internet communications a year, of which 91 percent came from its Prism system (which collects stored e-mails from providers like Gmail) and 9 percent came from its upstream system (which collects transmitted messages from network operators like AT&T).
Source https://charliesavage.com/?p=1714


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case The New York Times Company v. United States Department of Justice (NS-NY-0026)

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