Tuesday, 20 July 2010

ACTA and privacy - EU privacy regulators' views

The negotiations on the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement have triggered criticisms from more than one quarter.

Now, the Article 29 Working Party, comprising EU data protection regulators, has joined the fray with a letter of 15 July 2010 to EU Commissioner Karel de Gucht expressing their concerns, from a privacy and data protection viewpoint, regarding the provisions of the draft agreement targeting copyright infringement, notably -

  • three strikes out
  • notice and take down procedures, and
  • searches by customs authorities and criminalisation.

The Working Party seem to have published quite a few documents related to topics which like ACTA were on the agenda for their recent 12-13 July meeting e.g. on data retention and accountability.

At this rate we may well see more from them before the summer is out, probably in relation to the EU review of the Data Protection Directive and the draft RFID Framework Privacy Impact Assessment (which ENISA commented on recently).

(Lest anyone wonder - I'm not stalking the Working Party though I do love 'em, I do, I do. It's just that their output's been off the charts lately. Quite a job to keep up.)

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