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Groups: US gov't still withholding treaty information

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has withheld more than 1,300 pages on an anticounterfeiting trade agreement being quietly negotiated after two digital rights groups filed a request for information, the groups said.

The USTR has released only 159 pages for public viewing after the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Public Knowledge filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seven months ago. In September, the two groups filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia after USTR didn't immediately respond to the FOIA request, which asked for information on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) being negotiated between the U.S. and more than a dozen other countries.

Thursday, January 29, 2009
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