French Telco Orange Plans To Sue The NSA For Tapping Its Undersea Cables
from the blowback dept
It’s not entirely clear what form this will take, but the French telco Orange is claiming that it is planning to file a lawsuit over the news that the NSA has been tapping its undersea fiber optic cables.
France-based telecom firm Orange has revealed plans to take legal action against the US National Security Agency (NSA) for using its submarine cable for surveillance…..
An Orange spokeswoman was quoted by Reuters as saying: “We will take legal action in the next few days because we want to know more about the eventuality that Orange data may have been intercepted.”
Again, I’m not sure under what jurisdiction or exactly what kind of lawsuit Orange is intending to bring, but it’s yet another bit of blowback against the NSA’s overreach in its efforts to spy on absolutely everyone. If Orange is able to succeed, I imagine that a variety of other companies might also look at lawsuits. We’re generally highly critical of trade agreements that create corporate sovereignty programs, called “investor state dispute settlement” panels that allow foreign companies to sue governments over interfering with their business, but I wonder if the US’s infatuation with these kinds of programs might come back to bite it really hard if it turns out that these mechanisms are used by foreign companies to argue that the NSA has interfered in their business efforts…