Appeals court: NSA surveillance challenge can move forward

RICHMOND, Va. – A federal appeals court says Wikimedia case challenging the government’s practice of collecting of certain communications on the internet can go.

The three judges of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Wikimedia has standing to challenge the National Security Agency of the “upstream” control of the practice. The court of appeal reversed a lower court judgment of dismissal of the Wikimedia case.

The case was brought by American Civil Liberties Union. ACLU Attorney Patrick Toomey praised the ruling in a statement.

The NSA recently said it will limit such collection on the internet, the communications sent directly to or from a foreign target, instead of those that simply mention of foreign intelligence targets.

The ACLU says that despite the change, upstream monitoring continues, and the NSA has not yet said that it can not return to the previous practice in the future.

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