If the law is passed by the European Union, it could restrict journalists, activists and whistleblowers from exposing the wrongdoings of European corporations anywhere in the world, including those collaborating with autocratic regimes on surveillance and censorship technologies.
In the name of promoting innovation, the directive would enable companies to hide evidence from public view when accused of any wrongdoing by activists or whistleblowers. In legal proceedings, private companies could prohibit the disclosure of documents deemed to be “trade secrets” making it more difficult to hold them accountable.
It would likely also have the chilling effect of more censorship and take down orders as a precautionary measure for fear of infringing trade secrets. For Internet activists who typically expose bad behavior by companies online, the directive is of particular concern as it ignores the current reality of how illegal actions regularly come to light.
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