EDPS Releases Opinion on ACTA
DATA PROTECTION—EUFebruary 22, 2010
European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx has criticized those involved in an international anti-counterfeiting trade agreement for secretly negotiating a deal that would potentially violate data protection requirements, reports PCWorld. In a statement released today, Hustinx said, "Intellectual property is important to society and must be protected [but] it should not be placed above individuals' fundamental rights to privacy and data protection." According to a leaked portion of the draft agreement, negotiators plan for ISPs to monitor network content in an effort to crack down on piracy. Hustinx suggests "less intrusive solutions" and calls on the EU to "implement appropriate safeguards to all data transfers made in the context of ACTA."