The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has ruled that the plaintiffs in two suits against the National Security Agency (Jewel v. National Security Agency and Shubert v. Barack Obama) lack standing to bring Fourth Amendment claims regarding “Upstream,” the agency’s Internet surveillance program.  The court also held that allowing the suits to proceed would violate the state secrets privilege by forcing the government to disclose classified information to defend against the claims.  However, the plaintiffs have other pending claims against NSA over the collection of phone and Internet metadata and surveillance activity prior to 2008.