Earlier this week the European Data Protection Supervisor (“EDPS”) adopted an Opinion on the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (“ACTA”) between the EU and its Member States, Australia, Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the United Mexican States, the Kingdom of Morocco, New Zealand, the Republic of Singapore, the Swiss Confederation and the USA.

The Agreement aims to protect intellectual property rights (“IP rights”) by developing a common approach to enforcement and facilitating cooperation at international level.  Though ACTA includes a wide range of provisions addressing issues such as the counterfeiting of goods and the unlawful use of trademarks, the Opinion focuses in particular on measures relating to the enforcement of IP rights in the digital environment.

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