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A coalition of US technology companies has filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency over the surveillance of their employees, alleging that the surveillance violated their constitutional rights and infringed on their freedom of expression.
In the lawsuit, filed Thursday in a Washington federal court, Google, Yahoo, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, PayPal, eBay, Pinterest and Reddit allege that they have been victims of NSA surveillance that they say infringes on their rights and freedoms, including the right to free speech.
The lawsuit says the spying violated the Fourth Amendment rights of the plaintiffs and their companies, and that it “constitutes a flagrant invasion of their personal privacy, which is fundamental to the operation of a free and open society.”
The lawsuit claims that the NSA violated the rights of US citizens who use technology to communicate and collaborate, including by intercepting their communications and storing them for a year or more without their knowledge.
“The NSA has violated the constitutional rights of these Americans, who have been subjected to extensive and unlawful NSA surveillance, and to those who have communicated with them through technologies that they may have adopted without knowing they were being monitored,” said a statement from the lawsuit.
“As a result, these Americans have been deprived of the right of privacy that the Constitution guarantees them, and the government has failed to meet its constitutional obligation to protect them from unreasonable searches and seizures,” the statement added.
The NSA is also alleged to have violated the Fifth Amendment right of Americans to be free from unreasonable search and seizure, which protects against unreasonable searches.
The NSA is not named in the lawsuit because it has not been named in any lawsuits related to the surveillance.
The suit comes amid heightened tensions between the United States and China in recent years, which has sparked concern among American companies that the government may seek to crack down on them as part of efforts to counter China’s growing economic power.
China’s state-owned Xinhua news agency has said it will make more overtures to the United Kingdom in an effort to develop a strategic relationship with the United State.