EU Warns of DRM Privacy Threat

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An influential European Union government advisory body has called for better protection of users’ privacy, which it says is being eroded in the midst of efforts to crack down on piracy.

While copyright holders have a right to protect themselves from infringement, the EU Working Party on Data Protection in a new draft document expressed concern that “the legitimate use of technologies to protect works could be detrimental to the protection of personal data of individuals.” One step that could help is the development of tools that protect the user’s anonymity from DRM (digital rights management) technology, according to the group.

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