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Wired: Privacy Treaty a Global Invasion?

Oct 18, 2000, 07:29 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Declan McCullagh)

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"Civil liberty groups are vexed over a proposed treaty that would grant more surveillance powers to U.S. and European police agencies, and expand copyright crimes."

"Thirty groups -- from North America, Asia, Africa, Australia and Europe -- said this week that the treaty 'improperly extends the police authority of national governments' and places the privacy of Internet users and the freedom of computer programmers at risk."

"[The treaty would] require each country signing the treaty 'to establish as criminal offences under its domestic law the infringement of copyright.' Currently the United States appears to be the only country where sharing software or music with a friend -- what lawyers call 'nonprofit infringing' -- is a crime."

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