US surveillance court reportedly rejected zero spying requests last year
According to a Justice Department memo seen by Reuters, the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, tasked with approving or denying electronic spying requests for foreign intelligence purposes, did not deny any requests made by the government in 2015.
Reuters writes that the 1,457 requests made last year by the NSA and FBI were all approved. The prior year, the court similarly approved all 1,379 requests made. The memo did reportedly show an marked increase in requests that were modified by the court before approval: 80 applications were changed, as opposed to 19 in 2014.