The advocacy group
It followed allegations by US whistleblower
"Snowden's revelations have exposed GCHQ's view that independent operators like GreenNet are legitimate targets for internet surveillance, so we could be unknowingly used to collect data on our users," said
"We say this is unlawful and utterly unacceptable in a democracy," he said.
The claimants were not named in the government documents leaked by Snowden, but they said the type of surveillance being carried out meant they were "at threat" of being targeted.
The claim was lodged at the
It is based on a series of reports published in German magazine
GCHQ also targeted three German internet exchange points to spy on internet traffic, the articles said.
The alleged attacks were "illegal" and "destructive" and "damage the trust in security and privacy that makes the internet such a crucial tool of communication and empowerment,"
The group has already lodged two related cases, the first against the British government over its mass surveillance programmes and the second against GCHQ's alleged hacking of computers and mobile phones.
The internet service providers involved in Wednesday's complaint are Riseup (US), GreenNet (
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