by Mike Masnick

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acta, europe, privacy

European Privacy Czar Very Worried About ACTA

from the copyright-shouldn't-trump-privacy dept

Michael Scott points us to IPKat's coverage of a report put out by the European Data Protection Supervisor, which is in charge of privacy interests in Europe, about some serious concerns in ACTA. The report actually came out a few months ago, but just recently showed up in the Official Journal of the European Union. The EDPS is quite worried that no one seems to be taking privacy issues into account in the ACTA negotiations -- and, in fact, suggest that privacy issues should have been included from the very beginning. There are also concerns about a variety of individuals rights:
While intellectual property is important to society and must be protected, it should not be placed above individuals' fundamental rights to privacy, data protection, and other rights such as presumption of innocence, effective judicial protection and freedom of expression
Of course, to date, we've seen little, if any concern from ACTA negotiators for any of these things.

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    out_of_the_blue, 11 Jun 2010 @ 7:15am

    EDPS may be sincere, but is clueless.

    Dang it, don't people GET that the intent of ACTA is arbitrary and sweeping police state powers? Copyright is only the hook. Details don't matter except to provide low-level bureaucrats with busy-work; it's another *overall* increment of tyranny is the salient point. Even the "drawbacks" mentioned above are a *tool* to use on big media, enabling selective enforcement either for or against them.

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