The petition was the first time a telephone company had directly challenged an order to hand over phone records in bulk.
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A phone company challenged the government’s bulk collection of people’s phone records but was denied earlier this year, according to top-secret court documents declassified on Friday.

The company, whose name was redacted in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) documents, petitioned the court in January to “vacate, modify or affirm the current production order” in light of a December court ruling that determined the National Security Agency’s (NSA) phone records program was likely unconstitutional.

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