ACTA – A Piracy Law Worse Than SOPA

ACTA – ‘The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement’ is an anti-piracy legislation that can do far worse than the problems we would encounter with SOPA & PIPA, expanding to majority of the developed countries around the world. The primary goal is to ban counterfeit goods and online privacy by requiring Internet Protocol servers and individual websites to monitor and prosecute stolen or shared copyrighted data.

Here is a high level explanation of the agreement:

The treaty has been secretly negotiated behind the scenes between governments with little or no public input. The public however, has found their voice in the outrage. While the anti-web piracy agreement was being signed by the Polish Ambassador yesterday morning, government websites were hacked into and URL’s were changed to “fu**acta”, while protestors marched the streets.

I can’t imagine any of these lawmakers having an expertise in online media, as they are looking for a way to slowly crash our internet as well as our freedom of speech. We will see what is to come of this agreement, and hope that the public can come together to burn this down like SOPA.

Protests in Poland:

Do Not Track Kids Act

The “Do Not Track Kids Act” was proposed to the House on Friday, May 6th. Co-sponsored by Massachusetts Dem. Edward Markey and Texas Rep. Joe Barton, the two lawmakers are looking to prohibit companies from deploying online behavioral advertising techniques on minors under age 18.  The bill would bring greater restrictions to the current Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998. In the past 13 years tracking technology has advanced and the presence of adolescent internet users has skyrocketed.

The current law requires that companies obtain parental consent before collecting personal information from children under 13. The new measure would broaden that definition to include unique identifiers and IP addresses. In addition, Behavioral targeting of children 18 and under would be prohibited. Sites that are aimed at minors will not be able to use or share the data for purposes of targeted marketing. Collecting geolocation data would also be disabled for minors, taking away the advertisers ability to geo-target their ads.