Fallout from Edward Snowden's revelation continues seven months after he first blew the whistle. The privacy-violating dragnet surveillance that they carried out has been declared unconstitutional by federal judges, but the damage was not contained to the United States. The NSA was tapping Internet communications on the whole, which included a large portion of international Web traffic.
Particularly, the French telecommunications company Orange is upset over the fact that the NSA had tapped the SeaMeWe 4 submarine cable, which carries information between several nations, including France, Italy, Pakistan, India, Singapore, the Gulf states and large portions of North Africa.
The scariest part of the entire situation is the fact that Orange simply does not know to what extent their communications were compromised. A spokesperson at Orange claims that “Orange has no involvement and is totally unaware of any of the operations that were allegedly carried out on the SeaMeWe 4 submarine cable.” In order to find out, they will shortly file suit against the NSA to discover whether or not the NSA tried to intercept customer data.
“Orange is a user of this equipment but plays no management role,” continues the spokesperson, who says that the company “is considering the different legal options available in the hypothesis that an attempt was indeed made to intercept data transported by orange on this cable and will file suit in the next few days as a plaintiff.”
This planned legal action coincides with the release of more evidence that reveals the extent of the NSA's reach over global Internet communications technology. Additional lawsuits are still flying from these leaks, including one levied against IBM for cooperating with the NSA.
According to the spokesperson, Orange will not stand for this. “Orange reaffirms its commitment to privacy and data protection, and adheres fully to the conditions that are clearly defined and imposed by the law. No institution or state can choose to disregard these conditions.”
Edited by Alisen Downey