Police propose new Nominet scheme to close criminal websites

Darren Allan
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The Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) has come up with a new measure for dealing with websites which are engaged in criminal activities.

It proposes granting Nominet the power to shut down such websites, if the police inform them that a site is breaking the law in some form or another, the BBC reports.

Of course, the definition of what constitutes criminal activity on the web could potentially be open to debate. IT lawyer David Harris told the BBC: “If you are going to do this, then fine, but it needs judicial oversight.”

Currently, Nominet has no actual obligation to take action against domains being used by criminals, in contrast to the registrars of the likes of .org and .biz.

Nominet issued a statement saying: “There are increasing expectations from Law Enforcement Agencies that Nominet and its members will respond quickly to reasonable requests to suspend domain names being used in association with criminal activity and Nominet has been working with them in response to formal requests.”

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