District Court Judge Jeffrey White has ordered the U.S. government not to destroy records that are relevant to ongoing litigation over the National Security Agency‘s surveillance program, Politico reported Thursday.
Josh Gerstein writes that White ruled Thursday that NSA data collections authorized under section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act must be preserved.
The ruling comes after the Electronic Froniter Foundation informed the federal court that some feds have been erasing web documents gleaned from the NSA bulk data-gathering initiative, according to Gerstein.
EFF is challenging the legality of NSA’s mass surveillance of U.S.-based email and social media accounts belonging to foreigners.
White ordered the government to submit a position paper by 12 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, Gerstein reports.