Weekly Digital News Roundup: Mar 5 – March 9

Wikimedia Sues NSA Over Mass Surveillance

  • According to TechCrunch, The Wikimedia Foundation, the not-for-profit behind the free online encyclopedia Wikipedia, hasannounced it’s suing the U.S. National Security Agency and Department of Justice over the “large-scale search and seizure of internet communications” — aka the dragnet digital surveillance programs detailed in documents released by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
  • Wikimedia says it’s bringing the lawsuit to protect its users around the world, noting that the 2008 U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments Act (FAA) has been used to authorize so called ‘upstream’ surveillance of online communications with the ostensible aim of capturing ‘foreign intelligence information’.
  • The group intends to argue that the NSA’s current practices “far exceed the already broad authority granted by the U.S. Congress through the FAA”, and violates free speech and association protections enshrined in the U.S. First Amendment, and also trample over Fourth Amendment rights, which protect against unreasonable search and seizure.

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