Growing Concern From European Officials Over ACTA
from the policy-laundering dept
It looks like a growing number of European politicians are fed up with the secrecy of ACTA, and don't like what they're hearing from the leaked documents, and they're starting to speak up, asking questions and airing their concerns. They're demanding the publication of the details of the negotiations, while worrying about anything that might push ISPs to kick people off the internet at a time when it's a key European goal to increase broadband access. There's also tremendous concern that ACTA is really a way for US companies to sneak desired legislation into Europe outside of the parliamentary process:
"ACTA is legislation laundering on an international scale, trying to covertly push through what could never be passed in most national parliaments"The same statement pointed out that all of the lobbyists who had signed NDAs to see ACTA came from US companies and organizations -- and none from the EU. It makes you wonder why any other country would agree to ACTA at all...