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US Spying Powers Expire
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US Spying Powers Expire

The legal authority for US spy agencies to bulk-collect Americans’ phone data has expired, after the Senate failed to reach a deal. Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul blocked a Patriot Act extension and it lapsed at midnight.
However, the Senate did vote to advance the White House-backed Freedom Act so a new form of data collection is likely to be approved in the coming days. The Freedom Act imposes more controls, after revelations by Edward Snowden.
The failure to reach a deal means that security services have temporarily lost the right to bulk-collect Americans’ phone records, to monitor “lone wolf” terror suspects and to carry out “roving wiretaps” of suspects, BBC reported.
The government can still continue to collect information related to any foreign intelligence investigations.
Analysts said there could be workarounds to allow continued data collection in some cases. Authorities could try to argue that older legal provisions still apply.
The Freedom Act retains most of the Patriot provisions, but requires that records must be held by telecommunications companies, and that the National Security Agency (NSA), which runs the majority of surveillance program, needs court approval to access specific information. It also explicitly prohibits bulk collection of data.

 NSA Surveillance Blocked
The NSA stopped collecting the affected data by 8 p.m. local time on Sunday. Edward Snowden, former NSA contractor, first exposed the extent of the data collection in 2013.
The failure to reach any agreement in the rare Sunday sitting of the Senate was the result of the actions of Rand Paul, who led a filibuster to stop the quick passage of the Freedom Act, arguing that data collection is illegal and unconstitutional. He also blocked an extension of the Patriot Act.
His actions have infuriated many other Republicans. They left the chamber en masse when Paul rose to speak.
The White House described the expiry of the deadline as an “irresponsible lapse” by the Senate.
“On a matter as critical as our national security, individual senators must put aside their partisan motivations and act swiftly. The American people deserve nothing less,” it said in a statement.

 

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