---- Web Host Shuts Down 70,000 Blogs With No Notice
jecasc - 1:30 pm on Jul 20, 2010 (gmt 0)
Pretty stupid move from BurstNet, even if they were within their rights - which I doubt - since they did not receive a court order to shut down the website from a judge but a simple information from law enforcment about allegedly illegal content.
If you shut down 70,000 blogs without further notice because of one that posted illegal stuff nobody with brain for five cents will ever do business with you again.
There is no way anbody can guarantee that never ever now or in the future illegal content will be available on his website - either because a user has posted it or because of a security breach.
If they had simple removed the illegal content and terminated the contract within the cancelation period they would have gotten rid of the problem without any bad publicity.
It has everything to do with a customer violating the terms of his hosting agreement and when the FBI came knocking it appears BurstNet terminated the agreement for violating those terms.
Some people seem to think TOS stand above the law and even above the constituion. There are limits about what you can regulate in TOS. A termination of a contract without prior notice is a pretty harsh move and usually only possible if there is an extreme violation of the contract by one party which makes it unbearable for the other party to further comply with the contract. I doubt that one offending blog out of 70,000 would be covered.