Wikipedia says the project would damage the free Internet access.
Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization manages the Wikipedia encyclopedia; today sued the US Government and the National Security Agency (NSA) to monitor the “massive” way to supposedly internet access thousands of documents of citizens within and outside the country.
The complaint, supported by eight other organizations, was filed in the District Court of Maryland and is directed against senior US government as Attorney General Eric Holder; the director of the NSA, Mike S. Rogers; and the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
The plaintiffs require the court to consider “illegal” the “mass surveillance” NSA Americans and other citizens of the world and urge the US Government to remove from its database all communications allegedly intercepted.
“The NSA conducts surveillance, going directly to the Internet backbone in the United States, consisting of high capacity cables, switches and routers that carry vast amounts of information to Americans and other citizens of the world”, say the plaintiffs.
The plaintiffs argue that while communications between Americans occur, the NSA intercepts dozens of documents, internal communications of the country and “tens of thousands” of search terms used to locate information on the Internet.
Besides Wikimedia between the applicants are important human rights organizations such as Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International (AI) and the NGO Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA).
They explain that, as defenders of human rights organizations or institutions related to the world of information emit “hundreds of thousands of sensitive documents international internet every year.”
“The Wikimedia Foundation communicates with hundreds of millions of people who visit Wikipedia pages to read or contribute to the great repository of human knowledge remains Wikimedia online”, specifies the demand.
As organizers of social, believe that “the exchange of information confidential, free of warrantless surveillance and government is essential”, while “surveillance violates the privacy and undermines the ability of plaintiffs to conduct their missions.”
To ask the court to support their arguments, argue that the attitude of the US government and the NSA violates the law of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA, its acronym in English), 2008.
The applicants also consider that the “mass surveillance” violates the US Constitution, specifically the first and fourth amendment concerning freedom of religion, speech, press, and the prohibition of unreasonable seizures, which in this case would of data.
That court action constitutes a new legal front for advocates of privacy rights have criticized the US spyware since 2013, when the exanalista NSA Edward Snowden revealed massive spying operations.