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Privacy and ISDS after Safe Harbour invalidation: Singapore FTA
The Court of Justice of the EU should assess whether the trade agreement with Singapore is compatible with the EU Treaties and Charter of fundamental rights before it enters into force.
Internet transformed under TPP, advocates tell Trudeau
Secret trade deal invites censorship? Leak suggests it, says digital rights group.
How trade agreements harm open access and open source
Open access isn’t explicitly covered in any of the secretive trade negotiations that are currently underway but that doesn’t mean that they won’t have a negative impact on those seeking to publish or use open access materials.
Fallout from EU-US Safe Harbour ruling will be dramatic and far-reaching
Clever ruling by the Court of Justice will be almost impossible to circumvent. The "Safe Harbour" ruling is likely to affect trade agreements like TISA and TTIP in important ways.
FACIL contre le Partenariat transpacifique et la Loi antiterroriste de 2015
FACIL tient à affirmer publiquement son opposition au PTP. La version finale du chapitre sur la propriété intellectuelle confirme les craintes des principaux organismes qui défendent les droits et les libertés des humains dans la société numérique.
The final leaked TPP text is all that we feared
The release of the current and essentially final version of the intellectual property (IP) chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) confirms our worst fears about the agreement.
ECJ judgment in favour of data protection puts TTIP negotiations under pressure
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) today declared the Safe Harbor agreement invalid. This subordinates the activities of Facebook & Co back to the control of national data protection authorities.
Trade officials announce conclusion of TPP—now the real fight begins
The fact that close to 800 million Internet users’ rights to free expression, privacy, and access to knowledge online hinged upon the outcome of squabbles over trade rules on cars and milk is precisely why digital policy consideration do not belong in trade agreements.
The information hurdle in free trade agreements
In its Foreign Trade Policy statement, issued in March, the commerce ministry talked of a relative lack of awareness about the potential benefits from free trade agreements (FTAs). Also, that industry is not adequately oriented to using such FTAs to find new markets and products, except when these adversely affect their business.
Newly released emails reveal cozy relationship between US trade officials and industry reps over secret TiSA deal
Multinational corporations have been more than thrilled to take advantage of secretive trade negotiations process to get their wish list of policies through the backdoor.
TISA and tech’s double standards on secret government Internet deals
The stash of previously-secret correspondence about the Trade In Services Agreement (TISA) speaks volumes about the extent to which technology companies into the dangerous idea that trade agreements should be used to govern the Internet.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership: copyright law, the creative industries, and Internet freedom
A number of chapters of the TPP will affect the creative artists, cultural industries and internet freedom — including intellectual property, investment, and electronic commerce.
NZ IT industry mobilises to fight TPP software patent threat
The Institute of IT Professionals joins the NZ Open Source Society in questioning TPP deal on software patents.
Data flows in TTIP
Data flows in TTIP could result in a significant weakening of consumers’ fundamental rights to privacy and to the protection of personal data
​Open source leader ’livid’ at TPPA software patent capitulation
Negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement appear likely to undo New Zealand’s ban on software patents, showing "how disconnected the government and the negotiators are from the interests of New Zealanders."
New leaked TPP chapter shows countries converging on anti-user copyright takedown rules
A draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s "Intellectual Property" chapter from May 11, 2015 has recently been leaked to journalists and contains significant change on intermediary liability rules compared to previous leaks.
WikiLeaks publishes four more TiSA documents
On 2 July, WikiLeaks publshed four more chapters from the secret ongoing TiSA (Trade in Services Agremeent) negotiations, ahead of the next negotiating round on Monday: Electronic Commerce, Telecommunications Services, Financial Services and Maritime Transport Services.
TiSA - draft annex on electronic commerce (May 2015)
Leaked by Wikileaks
Pressure intensifies on India over software and pharma patent protection in key Asian trade negotiations
Recently leaked documents show that India’s policies on software and pharmaceutical patents are firmly on the RCEP agenda.
Chilean ambassador: FTA talk with China to cover e-commerce
Chile’s ambassador to China said the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) talks during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to Latin America will cover several new areas, including e-commerce, government purchases, and financial services.