Key provisions of Patriot Act expire
WASHINGTON, D.C. (KUSI) – Key provisions of the Patriot Act expired after midnight Sunday after the Senate failed to reach a deal to extend the three provisions.
However, the Senate was expected to still consider the USA Freedom Act, which would act as a compromise bill that would have telephone companies hold on to metadata. It would also require the government to obtain warrants for information on specific individuals.
The three provisions that expired on Sunday night:
-Section 215, which allowed the NSA to collect telephone metadata
-The ‘lone wolf’ provision, which targeted suspected terrorists with no direct ties to terrorist groups or nations
The collection of telephone metadata was not expected to stop immediately, however, as a clause in the Patriot Act would allow the NSA to continue the investigations that they have already started.