European Data Protection Digest

Parliament Resolves to Open ACTA Talks

PRIVACY LAW—EUROPE

March 12, 2010

In a near unanimous vote, the EU Parliament yesterday approved a common resolution that calls for openness in negotiations related to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), reports NetworkWorld. Although the resolution is not formally binding, MEPs say they will "fight on" to the Court of Justice if denied access to the legislation. The ACTA negotiations came under scrutiny when a draft was leaked online last month. European officials expressed concern that civil liberties could be breached by the agreement, which aims to enforce international standards for intellectual property rights. European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx said that ACTA could result in "large-scale monitoring of Internet users."
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