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UK Police Seek Powers To Shut Websites Involved In Criminal Activity

     
6:22 pm on Nov 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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UK Police Seek Powers To Shut Websites Involved In Criminal Activity [bbc.co.uk]
The police are seeking powers to shut down websites deemed to be engaged in "criminal" activity.

The Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) has tabled a plan for Nominet, which oversees .uk web addresses, to be given the domain closing power.

Nominet said the idea was only a proposal and invited people to join the debate on the form of the final policy.

IT lawyers said the proposal would be "worrying" if it led to websites going offline without judicial oversight.

"It's not policy at this stage," said Eleanor Bradley, director of operations at Nominet.

9:11 am on Nov 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

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So what do they plan to do about .com domains being used for UK hosted sites?

I have no problem with the courts doing this but, as reported, the proposal is simply a matter of Nacker giving a direct order to Nominet.
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I wonder: What did those people do during social studies in school? Never heard about separation of powers and the good reasons why all democracies have system of separation of powers? That's one of the core elements of democratic societies.

And nonetheless in recent times politicans and police forces demand a system that reminds me of the movie Judge Dread where the police investigates, pronounces a judgment and then executes the verdict. Has the world gone nuts?