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Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act



The FISA Amendments Act law broadened the authority for the USG to collect electronic communications inside the US for "foreign intelligence" and "anti-terrorism" purposes without requiring a warrant.

Under the FISA Amendments Act, which amended the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the USG must satisfy a special court that its procedures will target foreigners located overseas and ensure the privacy of U.S. citizens whose communications are incidentally collected.

Targeting the communications of a U.S. citizen or anyone inside the US requires a warrant. The emails and other data are sent by Internet and telecommunications companies to the FBI and NSA based on specific targets.

The law also immunized companies that cooperated voluntarily with a secret NSA program to collect communications without a warrant in the aftermath of the September 2001 terrorist attacks.


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Articles / Events / Situations

Date Source Title Tags
20240412 US renews controversial spying program / Section 702 of the FISA act was reauthorized despite fierce resistance from former President Donald Trump FISA
20180118 USA Senat stimmt umstrittenem Überwachungsprogramm zu US / FISA / NSA
20180109 NSA Surveillance Bill Would Legalize Loophole That Lets FBI Spy on Americans Without a Warrant US / FISA / NSA / FBI
20140725 The Judges Approving the NSA's Surveillance Requests Keep Buying Verizon Stock FISA / VERIZON
20131206 NSA tracks phone locations under executive order NSA / Location Tracking / FISA
20131119 Veröffentlichte Geheimdokumente: NSA will auch Handy-Ortsdaten erfassen NSA / FISA
20131119 Judge: “NSA exceeded the scope of authorized acquisition continuously” - New declassifed documents show legal arguments over bulk metadata collection FISA / NSA
20130921 FISA court ruling on illegal NSA e-mail collection program: Read the declassified Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court opinion striking down a National Security Agency program that unlawfully gathered as many as tens of thousands of e-mails and other electronic communications between Americans before it was shut down in 2011. NSA / FISA
20130918 US-Geheimgericht: Verbindungsdaten sind nicht Teil der Privatsphäre FISA / Metadata / US
20130918 Privacy perverted: No telco ever disobeyed NSA phone record orders US / NSA / FISA
20130918 Spähaffäre: US-Telefonanbieter gaben Daten widerstandslos an die NSA US / NSA / FISA
20130918 NSA's phone data collection is legal, does not violate privacy – FISA court US / NSA / FISA
20130913 Fisa judge: Snowden's NSA disclosures triggered important spying debate - Dennis Saylor orders government to review rules on surveillance and says further declassification would protect court's integrity US / NSA / FISA
20130909 Obama-Regierung hat die Befugnisse der NSA erweitern lassen US / NSA / FISA
20130909 Überwachung: US-Regierung lockerte NSA-Beschränkungen per Geheimbeschluss US / NSA / FISA
20130908 Obama administration had restrictions on NSA reversed in 2011 US / NSA / FISA
20130831 NSA-Überwachung: Google und Microsoft scheitern bei US-Regierung GOOGLE / MICROSOFT / FISA
20130816 Court: Ability to police U.S. spying program limited US / FISA / NSA
20130724 Feds put heat on Web firms for master encryption keys: Whether the FBI or NSA have the legal authority to obtain the master keys that companies use for Web encryption remains an open question, but it hasn't stopped the U.S. government from trying. US / NSA / FBI / FISA
20130719 Secret court lets NSA extend its trawl of Verizon customers' phone records: Latest revelation an indication of how Obama administration has opened up hidden world of mass communications surveillance VERIZON / NSA / FISA
20130716 Yahoo: Geheimgericht muss Prism-Urteil veröffentlichen YAHOO / PRISM / FISA
20130709 Nation Will Gain by Discussing Surveillance, Expert Tells Privacy Board US / FISA
20130709 US must fix secret Fisa courts, says top judge who granted surveillance orders - James Robertson breaks ranks and says he was shocked to hear of changes to allow broader authorisation of NSA programs FISA / US / NSA
20130708 Mangelnde Kontrolle: US-Geheimgericht stärkt Macht der NSA FISA / NSA
20130706 In Secret, Court Vastly Broadens Powers of N.S.A. NSA / FISA
20130630 Secret-court judges upset at portrayal of ‘collaboration’ with government US / NSA / FISA
20130627 How the NSA won its war NSA / STELLAR WIND / FISA
20130625 NSA takes surveillance fact sheets off website US / NSA / FISA
20130621 Überwachung in den USA: Das Schattengericht FISA
20130621 Neue Dokumente beweisen: Auslandsgeheimdienste wie die NSA können nicht demokratisch kontrolliert werden NSA / FISA
20130620 Revealed: the top secret rules that allow NSA to use US data without a warrant - Fisa court submissions show broad scope of procedures governing NSA's surveillance of Americans' communication US / NSA / FISA
20130620 US House bill would force Obama to declassify Fisa court decisions: Legal justifications for NSA's wide-ranging surveillance would be released as lawmakers seek 'informed public debate' on Prism FISA / PRISM / US
20130618 Fisa court oversight: a look inside a secret and empty process - Obama and other NSA defenders insist there are robust limitations on surveillance but the documents show otherwise FISA / US
20130613 FISC Will Not Object To Release of 2011 Court Opinion That Confirmed NSA’s Illegal Surveillance FISA
20130610 FISA Court Has Rejected .03 Percent Of All Government Surveillance Requests FISA
20130610 Surveillance controversy illuminated by history US / NSA / AT&T / VERIZON / BELLSOUTH / FISA / NSA Utah Data Center (US)
20130110 A New Year, a New FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization, But the Same Old Secret Law FISA / FAA
20130110 Cloud Computing: EU-Studie warnt vor Überwachung durch die USA EU / FISA / US / Cloud Computing / FAA
20130108 U.S. Spy Law Authorizes Mass Surveillance of European Citizens: Report FISA / US / EU / FAA
20121228 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act: Congress Extends Law, Rejects Bipartisan Arguments FISA / FAA
20121228 Congress approves 5-year extension of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act FISA / FAA
20121228 Senate Reauthorizes FISA, a Top DOJ Priority FISA / FAA
20121228 US Senate Votes to Extend Warrantless Surveillance Act FISA / FAA
20121228 Extension of US surveillance act approved FISA / FAA
20121228 (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) Todays Important Debate in Senate+ FISA / FAA
20121228 Senate approves bill to reauthorize foreign surveillance programs FISA / FAA
20091118 FISA Amendments Act FOIA Request FISA / FAA
20060609 Specter Offers Compromise on NSA Surveillance US / NSA / FISA
20051224 Telepolis Der Abhörskandal weitet sich aus US / NSA / FISA