Hello everybody,

The Foundation is pleased to announce an update in Wikimedia Foundation v.
National Security Agency,[1] our challenge to the U.S. National Security
Agency’s “Upstream”[2] mass surveillance practices. We filed[3] the suit
back in March 2015 to protect the privacy and free expression rights of
Wikimedia readers, editors, and contributors. The U.S. government moved to
dismiss the case, and in October 2015, the District Court granted that
motion.[4] Soon after, we appealed.[5]

This morning, the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals[6] ruled that the
Wikimedia Foundation can proceed with the suit. The opinion[7] partially
vacated and remanded the District Court ruling, which found that the
Wikimedia Foundation and our eight co-plaintiffs lacked legal standing[8]
to bring the case. The Fourth Circuit panel vacated this ruling as to the
Wikimedia Foundation; two of the judges held that we have established
standing, although the other plaintiffs have not. The final judge would
have found standing for all the plaintiffs. This means our case can
proceed, but not with the other plaintiffs.

This is an important step in the fight against government mass
surveillance, and a victory for the privacy and free expression rights of
Wikimedia users. We are carefully reviewing the decision, along with our
counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)[9] to identify next
steps for our case. For the immediate time being, the case has been
remanded back to the District Court of Maryland for further proceedings. We
will keep you posted on the next steps.

For more information, please see today’s blog about the case,[10] as well
as our Wikimedia Foundation v. NSA resource page.[11]


Jim Buatti
Legal Counsel

[1] https://policy.wikimedia.org/stopsurveillance/

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upstream_collection

[3] https://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/03/10/wikimedia-v-nsa/

[ <https://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/03/10/wikimedia-v-nsa/>4]

[ <https://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/03/10/wikimedia-v-nsa/>5]



[8] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standing_(law)

[9] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Civil_Liberties_Union

[10] https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/05/23/wikimedia-nsa-appeal-standing/

[11] https://policy.wikimedia.org/stopsurveillance/

James Buatti
Legal Counsel
Wikimedia Foundation
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