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

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Thursday January 14, 2010
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.
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crade said:

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I must be a detective, because I had deduced that the US was probably the key barrier to transparency already :)
January 14, 2010

Perogie said:

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Let's prorogue the ACTA negotiations.
January 14, 2010

Dwight Williams said:

Unacceptable
If the USGov considers transparency and accountability in this matter a national security threat, tough.
January 14, 2010

Eric L. said:

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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!!!
January 14, 2010

Dr. Strangelove said:

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And they call it democracy . . .
January 14, 2010

dendee said:

NO BIG DEAL
They already know what the public will say anyway.
January 15, 2010

Piss off said:

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Fuck ACTA. If it becomes law, I will regard it as a moral obligation to pirate and distribute as much as I can.
January 24, 2010

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