EPIC’s attempt at Supreme Court review of the telephony metadata program

In re Electronic Privacy Information Center, Petitioner, No. 13-58 (filed July 8, 2013)The Electronic Privacy Information Center (“EPIC”) petitioned the United States Supreme Court for a writ of mandamus and prohibition or, in the alternative, a writ of certiorari, alleging that the FISC had exceeded its authority under Section 215 of the Patriot Act by ordering telecommunications companies to produce bulk metadata to the NSA. In seeming conflict with the ACLU’s and EFF’s strategy of filing complaints in federal district court, EPIC requested the extraordinary remedy of a writ of mandamus on the ground that the United States Supreme Court was the only court capable of affording relief from the telephony metadata program.

On November 18, 2013, the Supreme Court denied the petition without issuing an opinion.

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