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Government Still Blocking Information on Secret IP Enforcement Treaty

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posted on May, 6 2009 @ 10:02 PM

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Public Knowledge said that the April 30th release of 36 pages of material by the United States Trade Representative (USTR) was the second time the government had the opportunity to provide some public insight into the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), but declined to do so. More than a thousand pages of material about ACTA are still being withheld, despite the Obama administration's promises to run a more open government.


So, the feds are still keeping a lot this secret. Why is this important?

Other publicly available information shows that the treaty could establish far-reaching customs regulations over Internet traffic in the guise of anti-counterfeiting measures. Additionally, multi-national IP industry companies have publicly requested that ISPs be required to engage in filtering of their customers' Internet communications for potentially copyright-infringing material, force mandatory disclosure of personal information about alleged copyright infringers, and adopt "Three Strikes" policies requiring ISPs to automatically terminate customers' Internet access upon a repeat allegation of copyright infringement.

That's why.

The government won't come clean on whether it plans to force ISP's to filter (i.e. spy on) your use of the internet.

Obama promised transparency. Looks like that's one more broken promise to add to the list.


posted on May, 6 2009 @ 11:21 PM
Impossible, how would they be able to filter out all the spam and porn? It would require a conspiracy of epic proportions. On the bright side, if they kick you off the internet, no more spam or porn.

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