Wikimedia won the appeal against the NSA


The Wikimedia Foundation, which is behind Wikipedia, can sue the NSA for the use of surveillance tools.

A federal court ruled that the Foundation has reasons and can sue the NSA after the decision of a regional judge on 2015's first-ever Wikimedia case. Wikimedia

The judge then ruled that the institution could not prove that the NSA was illegal for espionage. Given that the information about Upstream, the NSA surveillance system, is confidential, it was difficult for them to present to the court the evidence needed for a possible NSA conviction.

Now, however, with the resumption of the trial, the judge said the Foundation brought enough evidence to the table, proving that the NSA was following their communications.

"Simply put, Wikimedia categorically claims that its communications were monitored by the NSA in at least one way. "Wikimedia has the right to sue the service for violating the Fourth Amendment and also has the right to sue it for violating the First Amendment," the appellate court ruled.

The trial initially began with accusations of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, and ACLU launched the lawsuit for everyone. But Wikimedia did not make it back after the first rejection.

NSA surveillance programs were uncovered thanks to Edward Snowden in 2013. According to reports containing information favorable to the US intelligence service, its powers have been somewhat limited, but have not stopped monitoring the whole world…

It should be noted that the NSA itself has stated that it will stop internal data collection because they violate the Fourth Amendment, but the rest of the "Upstream" program will continue to apply. In simple Greek, the NSA wants to say that it will no longer collect internal messages that are not related to its investigations.

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