Secret court instructs NSA to declassify info about phone record surveillance

In response to a lawsuit brought by the ACLU, a secret spy court has ordered the federal government to declassify decisions (issued by the spy court) that authorized the NSA to collect meta-data on millions of US phone records. The court cited recent leaks by Edward Snowden as a factor in its order, which you can read here. The Guardian has a detailed account here. Earlier today, big technology firms renewed their efforts in the secret court to get permission to disclose how many surveillance requests they receive.

Google and Microsoft ask secret court to disclose specific number of security requests

Google(s goog) and Microsoft(s msft) have been badgering the FISA court, a secret body that oversees spy requests, to release the number of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act requests they receive every year. The government has yet to respond, but instead has asked for six different extensions. Now, the tech firms have amended their complaint to ask for permission to disclose a specific number, not (as before) a broad range. Yahoo(s yhoo) today filed its own lawsuit about the issue.