Wikimedia Is Challenging NSA 'Upstream Surveillance' in Court

March 10, 2015 12:40 PM

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Wikimedia Is Challenging NSA 'Upstream Surveillance' in Court

The Wikimedia Foundation, which runs the web-based encyclopedia Wikipedia, has joined forces with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in a legal challenge to a government mass surveillance program it says strains the “backbone of democracy.”

In a lawsuit being filed on Tuesday, Wikimedia and eight other organizations accuse the National Security Agency and the Department of Justice of violating the First and Fourth Amendments through a practice known as “upstream surveillance,” which was disclosed in leaks by former NSA agent Edward Sno...

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