The WikiMedia foundation, the parent organization of Wikipedia has been in the news lately.
The company has now filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency and the US Department of Justice for violating the user privacy.
This lawsuit has been filed by Wikimedia in a US District court in the district of Maryland. Under this lawsuit, Wikimedia has accused the National Security Agency and the US Department of Justice for violating the basic constitutional rights on Wikipedia.
The lawsuit from Wikimedia states that the NSA surveillance program is a major violation of the First Amendment, which gives the right to free speech and the fourth amendment as well, which was ban on unreasonable search and seizure.
In this fight for justice, Wikimedia is supported by the American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and various other organizations which are fighting for a similar cause, and they are co-plaintiffs in this case.
This has been a case which was coming out since quite some time like a slow burn, and it has finally erupted on the scene this Tuesday.
Geoff Brigham, the general counsel of Wikimedia has said in a statement to CNET that this has been going on since a year and NSA had been engaged in massive snooping activities.
Even Edward Snowden had said in his leaks that Wikipedia has been one of the top snooping spots for NSA surveillance, and that the National Security Agency had often snooped on the users of Wikipedia.
This, according to the parent organization of Wikimedia is unacceptable and is a major violation of their constitutional rights as well as the rights of the users.
“In the course of its surveillance, the NSA copies and combs through vast amounts of Internet traffic, which it intercepts inside the United States with the help of major telecommunications companies,” the ACLU said in a statement on Tuesday. “It searches that traffic for keywords called ‘selectors’ that are associated with its targets. The surveillance involves the NSA’s warrantless review of the emails and Internet activities of millions of ordinary Americans.”
Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikimedia said in a rare public statement to the New York Times that: “On our servers, run by the nonprofit Wikimedia Foundation, those volunteers discuss their work on everything from Tiananmen Square to gay rights in Uganda,” Wales wrote. “Many of them prefer to work anonymously, especially those who work on controversial issues or who live in countries with repressive governments.”
We at TheREM wholeheartedly support Wikimedia in this fight against injustice. What are your views on this? Let us know in the comments below.