European Union cracks down on anti-piracy laws

That things are getting darker and darker regarding the issue of anti-piracy laws is clear to all of us at this stage of the game. On the one hand, we see that more and more countries are joining the party to approve legislations to protect copyright that are completely off the beaten track and, on the other hand, we find international agreements, promoted by the United States, for the protection of intellectual property (ACTA).

Well, we just learned what the European Data Protection Supervisor thinks about it, Pierre Hustinxon the latest legislation that we see has been approved or will be approved in different countries of the European Union regarding the protection of copyright, opinions which, to the surprise of many, including me, imply a direct attack on their against.

According to Peter, laws like the French one “are very intrusive into the private sphere of individuals” and “imply widespread control of Internet users’ activities, including those that are perfectly legal.” Come on, what we remember a lot for a long time. But the best is yet to come.

Hustinx also questioned the legality of this type of law since they can violate at least two European directives, 95/46 and 2002/58. The first requires that to process certain personal data, such as IP addresses, there is judicial authorization of the medium and the second says that data relating to electronic traffic cannot be kept longer than is strictly necessary for purposes billing, management network or fraud prevention, considering the supervisor that this maximum period should not exceed three or four weeks, with which any process related to intellectual property would not be valid after this period.

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This movement, although it will probably not translate into anything real, is very important since we know that the highest European data protection authority has clarified its position in relation to anti-piracy legislation and that is consistent with what has been declared by Internet users and various associations on numerous occasions. It's good to know that we have some support from the European Union, those of us who argue that these types of laws are completely counterproductive, illogical and illegal.

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