Nominet seeks public opinion on police takedown powers

UK website registry firm Nominet has invited the masses to give feedback on policies proposed by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), which could allow law enforcement agencies to quickly take down websites being used by criminals.

The company is calling on interested parties to join the discussion on the extent to which the police should be given special powers to shut down websites suspected as being hubs for criminal activity. Nominet is also looking for people to give their views on whether the company ought to alter its Terms and Conditions to accommodate the plan.

In a statement to ZDNet UK, Nominet director of operations Eleanor Bradley said: “How much power to give law enforcement [to take down websites] is what everybody needs to be talking about. Transparency around process and appeals mechanisms are exactly what we need to look at.”

Digital rights organisation the Open Rights Group (ORG) expressed its concern at potentially unchecked police takedown powers, whilst at the same time acknowledging the need to shut down criminal websites.