Leaked doc suggests EU’s right to privacy could be ridiculed.
Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Brussels on Friday to express anger about secret trade talks between the EU, US and others that they believe would damage the 28-member-state bloc's data protection rights.
More than 1,000 people marched in the centre of the EU quarter to protest about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA). The latter has provoked outrage following a leak of the US position from April 2014 that was published on Wednesday by Netzpolitik.org and Associated Whistleblowing Press. It focuses on e-commerce, technology transfer, cross-border data flows and net neutrality.
The text included a clear attempt to exempt US companies from any requirement to store personal data on EU soil. Under the Stateside draft of the trade deal, no party may “impose or enforce any requirement” for computing facilities to be “located in its territory or computer processing or storage services supplied from within its territory”.
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