Police to get major new powers to seize domains (UK)

Editor’s Note: Once again we see a coordinated effort of similar policies and legislation being implemented simultaneously in different countries, as the system inches toward a standardized code of behavior (ACTA) to be decided by a global governing bureaucracy.   

Police could soon have the power to seize any domain associated with criminal activity, under new proposals published today by UK domain registrar Nominet.


At present, Nominet has no clear legal obligation to ensure that .uk domains are not used for criminal activities. That situation may soon change, if proposals from the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) are accepted.

SOCA wants Nominet to change its registration terms and conditions, giving the registrar the power to suspend domains if it has “reasonable grounds to believe they are being used to commit a crime”.

And Nominet gives us an example of what those “reasonable grounds” might consist of – “a request from an identified UK Law Enforcement Agency”. 

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