Global IP Treaty May Threaten Privacy, EU Watchdog Says

Law360, New York (April 24, 2012, 5:37 PM EDT) -- The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a controversial global anti-piracy treaty, poses potential privacy threats because it lacks safeguards against widespread monitoring of Internet users’ activity, the European Union’s data privacy watchdog said in an opinion released Tuesday.

The European Data Protection Supervisor said that a “lack of precision” in ACTA could have an unacceptable impact on privacy if measures to tackle online piracy were not implemented correctly.

“ACTA does not contain sufficient limitations and safeguards, such as effective judicial protection, due process, the principle of presumption of...
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