NSA Will Collect Phone Data Despite Patriot Act Expiration

The National Security Agency will be allowed to continue collecting phone record data despite the Patriot Act expiring on June 1. In a decision published Tuesday, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, known as the FISA court, ruled That the NSA can resume bulk phone data collection for at least five more months. The law allowing the NSA to hoover up millions of Americans' metadata — broad records of who called whom when and for how long — expired June 1. Congress gave the government 180 days to make the transition, during which it could continue to collect the data.

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