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ACTA Confidentiality Requirements Revisited: Is The U.S. the Key Barrier?

After watching the Google DC debate on ACTA with its emphasis on the issue of transparency, it is worth revisiting the ACTA document spelling out confidentiality requirements among the negotiating countries. The document, which specifies the U.S. approach, discusses the confidentiality requirements associated with ACTA documents including marking the documents as "Confidential, Foreign Government Information, Modified Handling Authorized", very limited distribution, and secure storage.  Sources have confirmed that this document was adopted by consensus among ACTA negotiating countries.  Most notable is (or was) the U.S. plan for releasing ACTA information:

"The United States plans to hold ACTA documents in confidence for a fixed period of time after negotiations conclude."

This is important since it runs contrary to statements in other countries that favour disclosure of ACTA information before the negotiations conclude.  If this remains the U.S. position, it suggests that the U.S. is a crucial barrier to earlier disclosure of ACTA information.

7 Comments

  1. I must be a detective, because I had deduced that the US was probably the key barrier to transparency already :)

  2. Let’s prorogue the ACTA negotiations.

  3. Dwight Williams says:

    Unacceptable
    If the USGov considers transparency and accountability in this matter a national security threat, tough.


  4. If only all the other countries dropped out and negotiated their own agreement, at least that would be a step forward.

    Hey America, YOU DO NO REPRESENT THE WORLD!!!

  5. Dr. Strangelove says:

    And they call it democracy . . .

  6. NO BIG DEAL
    They already know what the public will say anyway.

  7. Fuck ACTA. If it becomes law, I will regard it as a moral obligation to pirate and distribute as much as I can.