Today it was the turn of the EU to destroy our internet freedoms by passing the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which the US and seven other countries have also passed.
Kader Arif, who was the European Parliament’s rapporteur for ACTA has now resigned over the signing of this law.
Mr Arif said the following in a statement;
“I condemn the whole process which led to the signature of this agreement: no consultation of the civil society, lack of transparency since the beginning of negotiations, repeated delays of the signature of the text without any explanation given, reject of Parliament’s recommendations as given in several resolutions of our assembly.”
While in Poland people took to the streets in protest over this attack on out freedoms and liberties.
Currently the law states that a company/corporation can request a court order is granted to remove content and users are given three strikes before being banned from the internet.
ACTA will mean that a company/corporation can demand ISPs remove content and users can be banned from the internet, all without a judge or jury making any decision.
This new law violates a number of laws, constitutions and human rights because this will destroy due process and the right to trial, things which the US continues to attack through acts such as NDAA.
Because ACTA was label an “executive agreement”, no votes were taken in the US which means Obama was allowed to sign it without anyone else having a say.
Anyone who thinks that the EU, US and the UK want freedom for their citizens should read ACTA and ask,”why is your government carrying out the same censorship laws as China?”.