Patriot Act Expires, NSA Phone Data Collection Ends
The Patriot Act expired today and with it the NSA's authority to collect Americans' phone records in bulk. Members of the Senate deliberated over the Act furiously on Sunday as some wanted to extend its powers and others wanted to kill it altogether. Though the broader Act has lapsed, the Senate will likely revitalize some portions of the law in the days ahead. A related bill called the USA Freedom Act gained support and the Senate agreed to revisit the proposed legislation this week. The House of Representatives passed the USA Freedom Act on May 13 and it already has the support of the White House. The USA Freedom Act limits the NSA's ability to collect phone records in bulk. If or how the Senate amends the USA Freedom Act has yet to be determined.
Senate Passes USA Freedom Act
The Senate today passed the USA Freedom Act, which moves to curtail how the NSA collects and stores American call records. The Patriot Act expired on Sunday and with it the NSA's authority to collect call records en masse.
House Passes Bill to Limit NSA Phone Data Collection
The House of Representatives today passed the USA Freedom Act, meant to prevent the NSA from collecting Americans' phone records, with a vote of 338 to 88. The NSA has been collecting Americans' phone records in bulk since late 2001 under the auspices of Section 215 of the Patriot Act.
Republicans to Let NSA Keep Spying On Your Calls
Republicans recently introduced a bill in the Senate that will extend the NSA's ability to collect and store phone call data through December 2020. As it stands today, the law (part of the Patriot Act) is slated to expire June 1.
NSA Given Permission to Spy On Calls Again
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court this week gave the NSA permission to resume spying on Americans' phone calls for a period of 180 days. In June, Congress passed the USA Freedom Act, which put an end to the bulk phone data collection.
AT&T Key Partner in NSA Spying
AT&T is being called a "highly collaborative" partner of the NSA, and showed the government agency an "extreme willingness to help" spy on Americans, suggests a new report published by the New York Times. The Times based its report on documents supplied by Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who first revealed the government's mass-scale spying efforts two years ago.
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