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European Parliament Axes ACTA

PRIVACY LAW—EU

July 5, 2012

Members of the European Parliament (MEP) voted Wednesday to reject the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), COMPUTERWORLD reports. The vote, 478 against and 39 for ACTA, means the agreement cannot become law in the EU. After ACTA was signed in January, civil liberties and digital rights groups across the continent protested the law would allow Internet service providers to police users, breaching users' right to privacy and leading to censorship. The European Court of Justice will still review whether ACTA is compatible with EU law, "but this is now an academic exercise," the report states. One MEP said, "No emergency surgery, no transplant, no long period of recuperations is going to save ACTA."
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