In August 2014, we joined with the National ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation in filing an amicus brief in the D.C. Circuit in this case to challenge the NSA’s collection and retention of “metadata” (such as numbers dialed and the duration) related to most Americans’ telephone calls. (The ACLU has its own parallel case proceeding in federal court in New York.) The district court had issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting the practice, and the government had appealed. In August 2015 the court of appeals issued its decision, holding that the plaintiffs had no standing, and vacating the preliminary injunction.
In November 2015, the program was terminated pursuant to the USA Freedom Act, which had been passed by Congress earlier that year.