USTR Behind ACTA Secrecy; This Is Not The Transparency We Were Promised

from the transparency dept

This is hardly a surprise given previous reports and previous actions of the USTR, but it does highlight the blatantly false claims from the USTR that it is being as transparent as possible when it comes to ACTA negotiations. The Obama administration has repeatedly told different groups in the administration to be as transparent as possible, but apparently the USTR simply doesn't care. It puts out content free statements claiming that it's "committed to improving transparency," but when it comes time to release the latest draft of the document, it's not released officially at all... and reports are now coming out to say that this is due to US demands to keep it secret. Transparency? Not around the USTR, apparently. They've been using transparency as a negotiating ploy, and when they don't get what they want, they refuse to let the document be released. Of course, in being so childish, all the US has really done is draw more scrutiny, and pretty much guarantee that a draft (including the markup that the one and only official release left out) get leaked.

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    vivaelamor (profile), 3 Sep 2010 @ 3:09pm

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    "But the transparency issue, and which part(s) of which countries' government are opposing it, is worthy of some investigation. Why do you/we assume that it's USTR making the decision not to release?"

    The US were one of the countries in a leaked document listing those countries who hadn't spoken up in favour of transparency. Since then all of those countries except three, including the US, have changed their position on transparency. Out of the three countries that are left, the US is the country that introduced ACTA and it is, I believe, entirely US companies and organisations that have been party to the negotiations under NDAs. The US administration have also denied FOI requests, claiming that the documents are state secrets.

    It's news to me if South Korea and Singapore are influential enough to veto the whole European Union on an issue such as this.

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