[CSOOnline] Data privacy concerns could derail EU-US trade talks
Europe's Justice Commissioner warned Tuesday that data privacy concerns could derail a major trade deal between the U.S. and the E.U.
"The U.S. will have to take European concerns about privacy and data protection very seriously ... otherwise, the European Parliament may decide to reject the TTIP," Commissioner Viviane Reding said at a conference in Washington. [...]
Her opinion was echoed in an open letter from nearly 50 civil liberties organizations to the negotiators on Tuesday. "The proposed agreement should exclude any provisions related to patents, copyright, trademarks, data protection and any other form of so-called intellectual property. The negotiations must not lead to a rewriting of patent and copyright rules in a way that tilts the balance even further away from the interests of citizens," said the letter, which was signed by the European Digital Rights organization EDRi, OpenRights Europe, Bits of Freedom and others. [...]
According to the Commission more than 70 percent of E.U. citizens want to have more control over how their data is used online.