Bulgarian Internet Service Providers Against Ratification of International Trade Agreement to Combat Counterfeiting.
Studies by members of the association, however, show that a technical device for tracking traffic has not yet been put into mass production worldwide. There are only experimental series that have not yet received the required certification for batch production. In addition, these devices can handle up to 2 gigabytes of traffic, which, given the volume of current Internet traffic in our country, is equivalent to daily traffic on a LAN network of about 5-6 thousand users.
“In order to meet the requirements of ACTA in its current form, the network must be completely restructured. And all this – for the protection of one’s business interests. Bulgarian business does not want to pay for the protection of foreign business interests of companies that do not pay their taxes in our country, “said Strahil Ivanov, CEO of Speedy Net.
In his words, ACTA provides for sanctions for alleged violation of rights, not for proven violation, thus violating the principle of innocence until proven otherwise. Thus, the person is sanctioned on the basis of assumptions, and because of the common text, various abuses can occur, such as the case of a car manufacturer who feels hurt by criticism on a blog.
Currently downloading files for personal use is not considered a crime in Bulgaria. Such can only be the sharing of such files. Now the identity of a user can only be obtained from the Ministry of Interior, and then after a court decision to do so. In this case, the operator is obliged to provide information about the person using the IP address, whether it was online for a certain period of time.
If ACTA enters into force and is transposed into our legislation, the operator will be obliged to constantly monitor its users and provide extensive personal data to a manufacturer or a private interest organization. The information to be provided is the name of the user when he / she has been on the internet and complete information about his / her online activity. Even if it were technically possible, it would violate basic human rights and make all users potential criminals, Ivanov warned.