Wikimedia Sues NSA Over Mass Spying, and it Matters

Better late than never, as they say. And this time, Wikimedia Foundation, the creators of world’s largest free online encyclopedia have sued NSA and US Department of Justice over mass spying and surveillance. The news was recently announced in the Wikimedia Foundation blog :

Today, the Wikimedia Foundation is filing suit against the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) of the United States. The lawsuit challenges the NSA’s mass surveillance program, and specifically its large-scale search and seizure of internet communications — frequently referred to asupstreamsurveillance. Our aim in filing this suit is to end this mass surveillance program in order to protect the rights of our users around the world. We are joined by eight other organisations and represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

NSA doing mass surveillance using PRISM and violating privacy of the users is nothing new. A couple of years ago, Snowden documents revealed that the program has been specially targeting four sites in general, Facebook, Gmail, Wikipedia and CNN. While it may seem trivial, it is important to note that one can know whatever an user is doing in the Internet by just monitoring these few top sites. Some sites like Facebook want you to be identified by your true identity, thus making surveillance easier, while others like Wikipedia does not require you to login to view content. If however you may want, you can open an account with any name you like and mask your identity that way.

It may be noted that the surveillance program of NSA is not limited to US users only, but in-fact all users of the world.