The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties advocacy group, is seeking to rally internet activists against the pact. Maira Sutton, a global policy analyst at the foundation, criticized it for lengthening copyright laws in many nations, imposing harsh punishment for copyright infringement and banning the breaking of digital locks on many devices. She warned that TPP’s rules against misappropriating trade secrets could create criminal penalties for whistleblowers and journalists who expose corporate wrongdoing.
“We’re just as opposed to TPP as we’ve ever been,” Ms. Sutton said. “One good thing is it does impose a timeline on the White House to release the text. That’s a tiny glimmer of hope in a very undemocratic process.”