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[BBC] European watchdog warns Acta could threaten rights

A European data protection watchdog has added its voice to growing criticism of proposed anti-piracy legislation. [...] The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said that the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta) might have "unacceptable side effects" on individual rights. [...]

David Martin, the Parliament's rapporteur on Acta, said last week that politicians would not be able to "guarantee adequate protection for citizens' rights" if the treaty was ratified. [...]

"While more international co-operation is needed for the enforcement of IP rights, the means envisaged must not come at the expense of the fundamental rights of individuals," said Giovanni Buttarelli, assistant European data protection supervisor. [...]

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-17827566