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The Long Arm of U.S. Law: The Patriot Act, the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 and Foreign Banks

The Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 expands the government’s authority to subpoena documents held by foreign banks overseas. Here’s how U.S. institutions could interpret that expanded authority.


NSA Ends Bulk Collection of Telephony Metadata under Section 215

On midnight of November 29th, the NSA stopped its bulk collection of telephony metadata once authorized under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act. Under the USA Freedom Act, which Congress passed in June, the agency was required to reform its phone records program, creating a mechanism by which the data would be stored locally with the phone providers and searchable only after receiving an order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) for a "specific selection term."


FISA Court Order Revives NSA Bulk Metadata Collection

Dustin Volz of the National Journal brings us the news that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has "revived the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' phone records" for an additional five months, as allowed under the USA Freedom Act passed earlier this month.

The order, written by Judge Michael W. Mosman, begins

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