.UK Registrar Nominet Proposes Policy Changes for Criminal Domain Takedown

A new initiative proposed by Nominet could empower the law enforcement agencies in the country to effectively shut down any domain even in the absence of a court order to do so, new reports revealed.

Nominet happens to be the registrar which looks after .uk domains, and according to recent reports, it is going ahead with the proposed new guidelines which will see the police or other law enforcement agencies stepping up and requesting to block a particular website whenever they feel that the website in question directly or indirectly contributes to any form of law and order deterioration - and that too without requiring to go through the lengthy process of requesting for a court order.

Apparently, the move taken by Nominet was in response to an appeal from the SOCA (Serious and Organised Crime Agency). As for the existing rules, Nominet cannot ban any website due to alleged criminal reasons. However, it has made a few exceptions here and there though at the request of the police forces.

The new policy, excludes the “disputes between private parties, freedom of expression or political speech, or requests relating to offences where prosecution would require the authorisation of the Attorney General or the Director of Public Prosecutions”, Nominet reveals in its recommendations which can be accessed here [PDF].