Courtesy of Calling England comes notice that the European Commission proposes that ACTA be signed and concluded both by the EU and by all the Member States. From Wikipedia we learn the background to ACTA (the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) and whilst admittedly I have not followed this piece of intended legislation in any detail, what I have read tends to raise questions for me in respect of invasion of privacy. There would appear, unfortunately, to be other, possibly more important, matters that have come to light.
The EU's 'presentation' of the need for ACTA can be read here and it is somewhat amusing that the EU manages to link the words 'cooperation' and 'enforcement practises' - but I digress. What is most noticeable is that details of the negotiations involving the countries initially signed up were considered to be 'confidential' and no details were released, to the extent that details of an impending agreement were not even placed in the House of Commons library - even as late as September last year details were still unknown to the HoC, or even the British people. Finally, at the beginning of October last year, the final draft was released to the public (unlike previous drafts, which were leaked) but I am unable to recall much of this draft appearing in our media.
The article from tech dirt, to which Calling England links, makes a very important point at the end when it states that the EU believes ACTA should be signed as it does not make any changes to existing laws - when it so patently does - is another moment of 'beggar belief'.
What we see here in respect of the secrecy - the withholding of information from the public sphere - does not bode well for the future of our freedom of information whilst we remain a member of the European Union and is but another step along the road to our enforced servitude.