New leaked document on the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) exposes threats to privacy, data protection, and net neutrality.

TiSA, or the Trade in Services Agreement, is a trade accord currently being negotiated by 23 member countries of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), including the EU, the U.S., Japan, Costa Rica, and Israel. TiSA aims to further open these markets up for trade in services, such as e-commerce, cross-border data flows, and technology transfer. The negotiations of this agreement were launched in 2013 and are taking place behind closed doors. They are not subject to public to the same pressure for transparency, as other infamous trade agreements have been in the past, including ACTA, the current TPP, and the TTIP. However, this trade deal could have a similar, if not bigger, impact on digital rights and particularly the rights to privacy, data protection and freedom of expression.

Country: Global

Domains: Privacy IG

Stakeholder: Government

Tags: Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), leaked document, trade agreements, net neutrality, freedom of speech, digital rights, privacy, negociations

Posted on Friday 9 January 2015

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