A secret court just let the NSA keep spying on your phone records. Again.

A secret federal court approved the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of telephone metadata for the 36th time on Friday, allowing the agency to continue gathering phone records even as dueling court cases moved forward this week over the controversial program.The government’s requests for reauthorization are typically classified. But in a release, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said it was declassifying its latest petition to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in light of the public’s interest in the metadata program.

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