New TiSA Leaks Reveal Its Undermining of Civil Liberties

There are new leaked documents of the secretive Trade in Services Agreement, revealed by Netzpolitik and Greenpeace. TiSA is basically a grave threat by multinational corporations to further their poisonous controlling influence on society. It has been negotiated in extreme secrecy as an attempt to keep the public at large from knowing about it (and therefore opposing it), but Wikileaks and others have been publishing leaked drafts that show its disastrous intent.

Today, on 25 November 2016, German blog Netzpolitik.org in association with Greenpeace published new leaked documents concerning the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), a “trade” agreement that is currently being negotiated between 23 members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), including the European Union.

The new leaks confirm the problems identified in previous leaks, including serious threats to freedom of expression and protection of personal data of European citizens.

“The proposals on privatised censorship are particularly worrying,” said Joe McNamee, Executive Director of European Digital Rights (EDRi). “Creating a power to undermine our free speech with no accountability is reckless and contrary to literally all relevant provisions of international law.”

A big coalition of organisations around the world is worried about the proposals in the draft core text, the e-commerce, telecommunications, financial services and localisation annexes of TiSA. These leaks are not reassuring.

TiSA is being negotiated formally since March 2013. A Ministerial Meeting to conclude the talks was scheduled on 5-6 December. The meeting has been cancelled due to outstanding issues and the recent developments in the US.