[ComputerActive] European Union members sign controversial anti-piracy treaty

Concerns raised over consumer privacy and intellectual property rights as ACTA, the global anti-counterfeiting agreement, moves closer to becoming law. [...]

[...] according to La Quadrature du Net, although the signing of ACTA by EU member states is "highly symbolic" it is "not the end of the road".

This citizen advocacy group said people can still challenge the agreement before the final vote in the EU Parliament; which cannot happen before June.

Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesperson for the organisation said: "In the last few days, we have seen encouraging protests by Polish and other EU citizens, who are rightly concerned with the effect of ACTA on freedom of expression, access to medicines, but also access to culture and knowledge." [...]