EU Data Protection Body Points Out That ACTA Violates EU Data Protection Rules

from the no-legal-changes? dept

Hephaestus was the first of a few of you to point out that the EU advisory body in charge of making sure various European laws comply with EU data protection and privacy regulations has slammed ACTA for violating those rules and violating "fundamental" privacy rights. So much for the claims that ACTA won't go against EU law, huh? The report is pretty damning, and shows growing opposition across a wide spectrum of groups in the EU. And we're hearing growing protests in the US as well, even from groups that support stronger intellectual property. There are more and more indications that the farce that is ACTA may finally be starting to crumble.


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    Diarmuid Bourke, Jul 27th, 2010 @ 4:14am

    Who is paying for all of this?

    I can't imagine that it's the invested parties that are actually paying for this legislation to be drafted...

     

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    DBR, Jul 27th, 2010 @ 4:49am

    Hidden links...

    If you visit that page using Firefox with Noscript you can see hundreds of hidden links on the page.

    E.g. "can i buy microsoft word only purchase microsoft excel 2003 buy microsoft office 2007 basic cheap maya 2009 purchase office 2007 enterprise microsoft office 2003 buy online buy lightroom 2.6 nero discounts price of matlab cheap microsoft office 2007 download where can i buy powerpoint 2007 purchase roxio creator 2010 buy microsoft office publisher 2003 cyberlink powerproducer 5 ultra download buy acronis true image 11 microsoft mappoint 2009 cost buy microsoft office"

    It's nothing more than a link farm.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 27th, 2010 @ 5:25am

    Re: Hidden links...

    @DBR -- Actually, when you look at the page source, the link blob looks like a Javascript injection from the blog service provider. The site Mike cited is a blog. The entry cited quotes a letter published on 15 July 2010 found at:

    http://ec.europa.eu/justice_home/fsj/privacy/workinggroup/wpdocs/2010-others_en.htm

    Found by taking 2 minutes to follow the link the blogger posted near the head of his article and look around.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 27th, 2010 @ 5:48am

    if your ACTA and you know it

    clap your hands
    if your acta and ya know it and ya really want to show it
    then you really ought to know it VIOLATE YOUR LAWzzzzz

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 27th, 2010 @ 5:52am

    ACTA seems to violate all of the current rules in place.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 27th, 2010 @ 7:02am

    Re: if your ACTA and you know it

    my ACTA? I didn't know I had an ACTA. Maybe you meant "you're"? I know, it's an easy mistake to make since you haven't passed 3rd grade.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 27th, 2010 @ 7:27am

    Re: Re: if your ACTA and you know it

    OMG! Watch out for the Grammar Blitzkrieg!

     

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    Hephaestus (profile), Jul 27th, 2010 @ 7:44am

    Death of a 1,000 paper cuts ...

    "ACTA seems to violate all of the current rules in place."

    If you want to help trash ACTA choose a section then go through EU law, privacy, data protection, human rights, etc.

    Here is the fun part. Since the EU is relatively new, not as corrupt as the US, and the citizens there actually take an interest in government. Write an e-mail to the relevent commisioner, governing body, etc stating this section of ACTA seems to violate this EU law, standard, rule, right, etc and give an explaination as to why you think it does. Express your concern and worry, state you do not want Europe to go the way of the US with a slow errosion of rights, and a corruption of the law. Then ask "Is my interpretaion of this law, standard, rule, etc, correct?" Make sure you CC EU reporters, bloggers, and several members of the EP (European Parliament).

    If they didnt respond to all when they get back to you, forward it to everyone on the CC list, make sure you include the person who answered your question(s) so they know who the response was forwarded to.

    You would be surprised at how much trouble your can cause with this simple technique.

    Here is starting point for EU resources

     

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    Pixelation, Jul 27th, 2010 @ 8:07am

    DUH!

    I don't see the problem. The EU simply needs to change its data protection rules to conform to ACTA. DUH!

     

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    NAMELESS.ONE, Jul 27th, 2010 @ 8:40am

    or not do acta

    ya just say no
    its worse then drugs

     

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    Idobek (profile), Jul 28th, 2010 @ 6:57am

    Re: Death of a 1,000 paper cuts ...

    Since the EU is relatively new, not as corrupt as the US

    Ha ha, ha ha ha, hahahahahahaha. Ha, ha ha, huh. *cough* Heh. Um...

    and the citizens there actually take an interest in government

    But are consistently ignored or told to think again whenever they vote the "wrong" way.

    However, the rest of what you say does stand up. Especially if you ensure to highlight that ACTA is being pushed by US owned vested interests. Keep banging on about it being written for and by US companies and you're bound to attract their attention.

     

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    sprearson81 (profile), Jun 9th, 2012 @ 6:53am

    The EU is as corrupt as it gets.

     

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    fodder99 (profile), Jun 30th, 2012 @ 10:19am

    Too true.

     

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