A federal appeals court on Tuesday reversed a lower court’s decision to dismiss Wikimedia’s lawsuit challenging the National Security Agency’s (NSA) mass interception of Americans’ international digital communications.
The lower court had ruled in 2015 that the case, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation, The Nation magazine, Amnesty International USA, Human Rights Watch and other groups, failed to demonstrate that their communications were being monitored by the NSA.
A panel of three judges on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously disagreed with this on Tuesday, allowing Wikimedia to continue its lawsuit.
“This is an important victory for the rule of law. The NSA has secretly spied on Americans’ internet communications for years, but now this surveillance will finally face badly needed scrutiny in our public courts. We look forward to arguing this case on the merits,” said ACLU attorney Patrick Toomey.