More than 200 companies have voluntarily filed lawsuits alleging that they have been victims of unlawful surveillance by the National Security Agency, according to the Washington Post.
The suit, filed Monday, alleges that the government secretly spied on their business and communications without their knowledge, and that the companies have not been adequately compensated.
The new class-action suit was filed in federal court in California by the Electronic Privacy Information Center and a group of former NSA employees.
The NSA has not responded to requests for comment on the lawsuit.
More than 70 companies, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Google, eBay, Netflix, eBay and Yahoo, have signed on to the complaint, according the Post.
The lawsuit alleges that companies including Apple, Google and Facebook were targeted by the NSA.
Privacy advocates are calling on lawmakers to expand transparency on how companies are monitored and how they are compensated for such surveillance.
“Companies that have been targeted by NSA surveillance programs have not received adequate compensation, and have been subject to arbitrary restrictions on their ability to innovate and compete,” said David Cole, executive director of the Electronic Freedom Foundation.
The government has previously said that it does not collect, store or store any personally identifiable information from people without their consent.
The lawsuit is not the first time that technology companies have filed lawsuits against the government.
In February, Facebook and Twitter filed suit against the FBI, claiming that the agency violated their privacy by collecting and storing user data without their permission.