Wikipedia to file lawsuit against NSA

Lawsuit will be filed today to challenge mass surveillance by the NSA

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Wikipedia to file lawsuit against NSA Tretikov: "By tapping the backbone of the internet, the NSA is straining the backbone of democracy."
By  Helen Gaskell Published  March 10, 2015

Wikimedia Foundation will file a lawsuit against the National Security Agency and the US Department of Justice today, challenging the government's mass surveillance programme, Reuters reported.

The non-profit organisation that runs free online encyclopaedia, Wikipedia will allege that the NSA's mass surveillance of Internet traffic in the United States, often called Upstream surveillance, violates the US Constitution's First Amendment, which protects freedom of speech and association, and the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable search and seizure.

"By tapping the backbone of the internet, the NSA is straining the backbone of democracy," Lila Tretikov, executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation wrote in a blog post on its website.

"Wikipedia is founded on the freedoms of expression, inquiry, and information. By violating our users' privacy, the NSA is threatening the intellectual freedom that is central to people's ability to create and understand knowledge."

The NSA's current practices exceed the authority granted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that Congress amended in 2008, Wikimedia said.

"We are asking the court to order an end to the NSA's dragnet surveillance of Internet traffic," Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales wrote in an opinion piece in the New York Times.

Wikimedia and eight other organisations filing the lawsuit, including the Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International USA, will be represented by the American Civil Liberties Union.

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