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Surveillance powers lapse with no deal in Senate Rand Paul win doesn’t mean NSA spying ends



The expiration of provisions in the Patriot Act on Sunday night doesn’t necessarily spell the end of bulk data collection, according to surveillance experts.

The reason is two-fold. The fight in the Senate is over Section 215 of the Patriot Act, the provision the government uses for bulk collection of Americans’ phone records. When that section “sunsets” at midnight Sunday, the rule reverts to its pre-Patriot Act form.