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Joint Statement from the Justice Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on the Declassification of Renewal of Collection Under Section 501 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

For Immediate Release
Office of Public Affairs

On Feb. 27, 2015, the Director of National Intelligence declassified and disclosed publicly that the U.S. government had filed an application with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court seeking renewal of the authority to collect telephony metadata in bulk, and that the FISC renewed that authority.

The FISC's Feb. 26, 2015, Primary Order renewing the collection expires on June 1, 2015.  The DNI also announced that the Administration was undertaking a declassification review of the Feb. 26, 2015, Primary Order.  Following this review by the Executive Branch, the ODNI has released in redacted form the Feb. 26, 2015, Primary Order, signed by Judge James E. Boasberg.

This order is now publicly available at the ODNI website,, and the ODNI's public website dedicated to fostering greater public visibility into the intelligence activities of the Government,

Primary Order Renewing Collection

Updated June 16, 2016

National Security
Press Release Number: 15-293