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US online snooping: Human rights groups file lawsuit in France

Two human rights groups have filed a lawsuit in Paris seeking an investigation into whether the US National Security Agency violated French privacy laws by secretly collecting massive amounts of personal data.

The lawsuit is based on disclosures by NSA leaker Edward Snowden indicating that the US government amasses phone and internet usage data on people around the world for security reasons. The France-based International Federation for Human Rights and Human Rights League say that such surveillance, if confirmed, would violate up to five French privacy laws, their lawyer Patrick Baudouin estimated.
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