Policy

Mozilla to NSA: Stop Watching Us

Search Engine Posts Icon to Launch Page; Seeks Legislation, Investigation into Agency 6/24/2013 8:45 AM Eastern

 

Mozilla wants to make sure its users know the company is not happy with the National Security Agency data collection efforts.

 

The company has added a stopwatching.us message on its Firefox launch page sporting an icon of a security camera with a blinking red eye and the following message: "Security and privacy are not optional. Stand with a broad coalition to demand that the NSA stop watching us."

 

The agency has been in the spotlight after revelations it was collecting massive amounts of phone records and online-use information.

 

In a letter to Congress, Stopwatching.us, itself a massive coalition of privacy and civil liberty groups groups including ACLU, the American Library Association, Free Press, MoveOn.org and others are calling for an investigation, as well as legislation to make blanket surveillance of the Internet activity and phone records illegal, with violations subject to court action.

 

The U.S. Government on June 24 charged Edward Snowden, who leaked data about the blanket surveillance, with espionage. WikiLeaks attorneys are advising Snowden as he seeks asylum from U.S. prosecution for alleged violations of the Espionage Act.

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