Oct 242015
 
 October 24, 2015  Court, Surveillance, U.S.

Mike Masnick writes:

Back in March, we noted that Wikimedia was suing the NSA over its mass surveillance program under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act. This is the part of the law that the NSA uses to justify its “upstream” collection — which lets the NSA partner with backbone providers like AT&T and tap their fiber lines at entry/exit points from the country and sniff through all the traffic. The problem in many lawsuits concerning NSA surveillance is that it’s been difficult for the plaintiff to satisfy the requirements necessary to get “standing.” That is, can the plaintiff prove that he/she/it had rights violated by the program. Many earlier attempts failed, because they just presented stories of “well, the NSA is collecting everything, so…” and the courts have said that’s not enough, since it needs to be shown that the plaintiff, in particular, was a target.

Read more on TechDirt.

TL;DR?  Clapper. Standing.

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