During calendar year 2010, the US Government made 1,579 applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (hereinafter "FISC") for authority to conduct electronic surveillance andlor physical searches for foreign intelligence purposes. The 1,579 applications include applications made solely for electronic surveillance, applications made solely for physical search, and combined applications requesting authority for electronic surveillance and physical search. Of these, 1,511 applications included requests for authority to conduct eleclrorlic surveillarlce.
Of these 1,511 applications, five were withdrawn by the Government. The EISC did not deny any applications in whole, or in part. The FISC made modifications to the proposed orders in fourteen applications. Thus, the FISC approved collection activity in a total of 1,506 of the applications that included requests for authority to conduct electronic surveillance.
During calendar year 2010, the US Government made 96 applications to the FISC for access to certain business records (including the production of tangible things) for foreign intelligence purposes. The FISC did not deny, in whole or in part, any such application filed by the Government during calendar year 2010. The FISC made modifications to 43 proposed orders in applications for access to business records.