Czech Republic Delays ACTA Ratification to Seek ‘Expert’ Advice

The Czech Personal Data Protection Office (UOOU) has written on its official web site that the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is "unbalanced with regard to the existing legal guarantees of individuals´ rights."

In addition, Czechoslovakian Prime Minister Petr Necas (Civic Democrats, ODS) announced on Monday that the Czech Republic would suspend ratification of the treaty to further analyze its impact on the country's citizens.

The opposition Social Democrats (CSSD) also expressed reservations about ACTA during the Chamber of Deputies session earlier in the week. CSSD deputy group chairman Jeronym Tejc told reporters that they will not vote for a bill that supports the "interference in people´s privacy."

The Prime Minister also expressed similar concerns yesterday, saying that "by no means would the government admit a situation where civic freedoms and free access to information would be threatened."

He added that the government will analyze the issue with help of "experts."


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