The US trade deal will change the UK’s internet

As the UK negotiates a future trade deal with the US, our government is under enormous pressure from American tech giants to water down privacy protections.

Open Rights Group (ORG) is pushing for more transparency and democratic engagement in negotiations to ensure our digital rights are not traded away.

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The UK government’s objectives for the free trade agreement (FTA) with the US include measures that could define British regulation of the internet and our online activities for years to come. Negotiations should be conducted with the highest levels of democratic participation, including a greater role for Parliament than currently afforded in the law.

Proposals presented by the US in their digital trade objectives will severely impact internet regulation by controlling the building blocks of digital technology: data flows, source code and algorithms.

Learn more about what’s at stake in our latest blog.

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