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EDPS: ACTA Could Threaten Privacy

PRIVACY LAW—EU

April 25, 2012

European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) Peter Hustinx has said the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) "could involve the large-scale monitoring of users' behavior and of their electronic communications," which could go "beyond what is allowed under EU law," Reuters reports. Signed by 22 of the EU's 27 member states as well as the U.S. and Japan, ACTA is a global trade deal addressing copyright theft. In an EDPS opinion, Hustinx said, "ACTA measures to enforce intellectual property rights in the digital environment could threaten privacy and data protection if not properly implemented."
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