Msg#: 4266019 posted 6:43 am on Feb 12, 2011 (gmt 0)
I know there are a lot of British people here, so presumably I am not the only one to whom .uk domains matter.
I find the proposal to let police seize domains without going to court very worrying. Its wrong in principle. In addition we all know that when the authorities are given power that they promise to only use for serious crime, it need to stay that way (e.g. "anti-terrorism" powers abuse by local councils).
If we make it this easy, we could end up losing domains on unproven allegations, because the police do not like a website, or even because of administrative mistakes.
Msg#: 4266019 posted 8:05 pm on Feb 14, 2011 (gmt 0)
if a site displaying kiddie p-rn was left open until the case went to court the tabloids would have a field day
It is not a matter of waiting for a case to get to court.
As graeme_p says it should be a similar process to a search warrant, which requires judicial authorisation but is very fast - where prima facie evidence of criminal activity is shown a warrant will be granted, often by a judge in chambers.
Judges are not police, and police must never be judges.
Msg#: 4266019 posted 3:45 am on Feb 15, 2011 (gmt 0)
I doubt many criminal sites will depend on possessing a particular domain. Criminal activity is by its nature covert, whereas the point of the domain name system is to make it easy for the public to find stuff.
Msg#: 4266019 posted 12:35 pm on Feb 15, 2011 (gmt 0)
That goes back to your earlier point: by the time it comes to something like this the police should be required to convince a judge that there is criminal activity. That is still the important principle.
I was making a subsidiary point that I do not think it is an important tool for the police to have.