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Wikimedia v NSA Complaint

The grounds for which Wikimedia is basing its lawsuit involve the mass surveillance program that the NSA has been implementing. One of the most troublesome facets of this program, according to Wikimedia’s pleading, is the NSA’s search and seizure of internet communications, which is called “Upstream” surveillance. Wikimedia argues that these actions violate its users most basic of rights, citing the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment protection of freedom of speech, and Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure because defendants’ conduct involved suspicionless seizure and searching of Internet traffic by NSA on U.S. soil.


The founder of WikipediaJimmy Wales, continues to emphasize that user privacy is of utmost importance. When such privacy is put in question, and people fear that their information will be leaked, the Wiki experience is seriously undermined. This issue, with the NSA specifically, was made much more serious and real with the Edward Snowden 2013 public disclosures, which revealed information about Wikimedia’s programs. According to its blog postings, Wikimedia has been looking for a way to file a lawsuit ever since this incident. Zeroing in on the “upstream” surveillance aspect allows the suit to serve as a vehicle to address Wikimedia’s views on how…..

For the full article please follow this link: http://scarincihollenbeck.com/how-many-nsa-does-it-take-to-anger-wikimedia/


To download the complaint please click here: https://ewhwblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Wikimedia_v._NSA_Complaint21.pdf



**This article was authored by Cyber Security attorney Fernando M. Pinguelo, Partner at Scarinci Hollenbeck attorneys at Law and Jenna Methven, Chief Blog Correspondent and Blogger for eWhiteHouse Watch and a Monmouth University student.

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