Appeals court: NSA surveillance challenge can move forward

A federal appeals court says Wikimedia’s case challenging the government’s practice of collecting certain internet communications can move forward.

The three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Wikimedia has standing to challenge the National Security Agency’s “upstream” surveillance practice. The appeals court reversed a lower-court ruling dismissing Wikimedia’s case.

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

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

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The ACLU says that despite the change, upstream surveillance continues and the NSA hasn’t said it can’t revert to the prior practice in the future.

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