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Nominet Domain Take-down Push Angers ORG, ISPA and LINX

The Open Rights Group has criticised Nominet's decision to take down websites at a ‘mere' request from law enforcement agencies.

UK based domain name provider Nominet had opened a consultation on coming up with ways to help law enforcement agencies take down criminal websites.

The company was supposed to consult with ORG, Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) and London Internet Exchange (LINX) on the methods but ORG alleges that no such thing took place.

In a statement, the ORG said that the Open Rights Group along with ISPA and Linx have separately agreed that law enforcement agencies would have to procure a court order in order to take down websites from the internet.

"The Open Rights Group's understanding is that Nominet's current practices fail to comply with the European Convention on Human Rights. It is an Article 6 right under the Convention to have an open, fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal established by law. Article 6 rights cannot be waived," Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group, said in a statement reports ZDNet.

The statement comes as Nominet removed more than 2,000 fake shopping websites that were duping customers, at the ‘request' of law enforcement agencies.