Things are about to change and probably not for the better. An interesting article by Wired.
The three provisions extended included:
â€¢ The â€œroving wiretapâ€ provision allows the FBI to obtain wiretaps from a secret intelligence court, known as the FISA court (under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act), without identifying the target or what method of communication is to be tapped.
â€¢ The â€œlone wolfâ€ measure allows FISA court warrants for the electronic monitoring of a person for any reason â€” even without showing that the suspect is an agent of a foreign power or a terrorist. The government has said it has never invoked that provision, but the Obama administration said it wanted to retain the authority to do so.
â€¢ The â€œbusiness recordsâ€ provision allows FISA court warrants for any type of record, from banking to library to medical, without the government having to declare that the information sought is connected to a terrorism or espionage investigation.