Wikimedia sues the NSA

Screen Shot 2015-03-10 at 14.21.01The Wikimedia Foundation, along with other human rights organisations, has taken legal action against the National Security Agency (NSA) and the US Department of Justice (DoJ).

Wikimedia, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, allege that the NSA surveillance programme breaks US laws on freedom of speech.

The NSA’s surveillance work violates a number of matters covered by the US Constitution, Wikimedia Foundation alleges.

According to the BBC, the executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation claims that the NSA is “training the backbone of democracy” and this activity collects data which is too wide to conform to US laws.

The Wikimedia Foundation alleges that the NSA and the DoJ have spied on Wikipedia and so violated privacy laws and challenged intellectual freedom.

The founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, hopes that the lawsuit will end the NSA’s trawling internet traffic.