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Committees Vote Down ACTA

PRIVACY LAW—EU

June 1, 2012

The European Parliament's civil liberties, legal and industry committees all voted against the international anti-piracy agreement ACTA on Thursday, reports PC World . The civil liberties committee cited concerns over Internet providers policing the web and a lack of protection for sensitive information, while the industry committee said ACTA fails to balance intellectual property and privacy rights with freedom of information. ACTA was signed by the European Commission (EC) and 22 member states in January, but most have suspended ratification after civil protests and Europe's Data Protection Supervisor warned the agreement may violate privacy law. The EC has asked Parliament to wait for an opinion from the European Court of Justice, but according to the report, that is unlikely.
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