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Delegates Reject Proposed Internet Treaty

PRIVACY LAW

December 14, 2012

An alliance of Western countries including the U.S., UK and Canada has rejected a proposed treaty saying it would give repressive governments too much power over the Internet, CNET News reports. Representatives from the Netherlands, New Zealand, Denmark, Sweden, Poland and the Czech Republic also said they would not support the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Treaty. Some representatives questioned whether the UN was the proper organization to oversee Internet-related issues, the report states, adding, “a key concern is that putting topics related to Internet speech and surveillance to a majority vote of ITU’s 192 member nations may not end well.”
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