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Commissioner: ACTA Will Not Ignore Data Protection

DATA PROTECTION—EU

February 26, 2010

A spokesman for office of trade commissioner Karel De Gucht told ZDNet that an international anti-counterfeiting trade agreement (ACTA) being negotiated will not ignore data protection. European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx released an opinion on ACTA earlier this week that stated, "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." Spokesperson John Clancy said yesterday that those in negotiations were "neither willing nor able to do that..." Clancy said "The EU already has very stringent laws that defend individuals' civil liberties and personal data protection...they cannot be overruled or ignored by this international treaty."
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