EU Parliament Rejects ACTA2012.07.05 07:45 by Daniela
Keywords: ACTA, privacy
The European Parliament rejected the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) Wednesday after concern that it would limit Internet freedom sparked street protests in cities across Europe.
Supporters say ACTA was designed simply to protect against the counterfeiting of everything from handbags to software, while opponents claimed it opened the door to censorship and loss of privacy.
Beyond the EU and 22 of its member countries, eight other countries also signed the agreement – the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea – though none has yet ratified it. The EU vote will not affect them.
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