Commission Refers ACTA to High Court
PRIVACY LAW—EUFebruary 23, 2012
The European Commission has asked the European Court of Justice to determine the legality of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), PC Magazine reports. EU Commissioner Karel De Gucht has asked the court to clarify whether ACTA violates rights such as "freedom of expression and information or data protection and the right to property in case of intellectual property." Proposed in 2007 and first negotiated in June 2008, the agreement must still be ratified by the European Parliament. The U.S., Australia, Canada, Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Morocco, Singapore and 22 EU member states have signed the agreement to date. De Gucht said the review is "a needed step."