Posted: Jun 22, 2013 6:32 PM by MTN News
HELENA - The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit against the federal government for its surveillance practices.
The National Security Agency claims it uses the data to track down potential terrorist activity, but the public policy director for the Montana ACLU says collecting data from phones and computers goes against American's constitutional rights.
"We as Montanans should have spaces where we know we aren't going to be tracked, where we can be ourselves, without someone watching us, without the government spying on us. And the program that the NSA has to look through phone records and e-mails makes that space even smaller." said Niki Zupanic, ACLU Montana Public Policy Director.
The ACLU created an online petition that has already received more than 300,000 signatures. It asks President Obama to stop the NSA surveillance, and seeks more transparency in the data collection.