Electronic Frontier Foundation policy analyst Jeremy Malcolm agrees that this is a positive highlight in the TPP text, but argues that the net neutrality protections it offers are pretty weak. “It doesn’t cover blocking or filtering or anything else that we consider a part of net neutrality,” he says.

More broadly, he points to the myriad other ways the agreement disappoints the EFF and other digital rights groups. The data privacy section of the e-commerce chapter doesn’t go far enough to protect users, he says, and he worries that even the anti-spam section, which the group also supports, is too vague. And, of course, the intellectual property laws are largely what the the organization has long expected and critiqued.

Thursday, November 5, 2015