Did you know that the Police can just close down your website

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Police Can Shut Down Websites
Police Can Shut Down Websites willy nilly

Websites Closed Down by Police

The chief of police claimed that they have successfully closed down 2,000 websites this year.

They claim, however, the websites they close down are mainly ones selling fake designer goods and ones that harvest credit card details.

Now, no wants people to be conned by sites like that and it is a good thing that they close them down.

Sweeping Police Powers

However, it is a very sweeping power that they have.

They have absolute power, therefore, to say whether a website stays up or down.

There are very few areas of the law where the police have such sweeping powers.

Normally they would have to make an arrest and go through the court system.

Problem with Websites from Far Flung Countries

The big problem they would have nowadays is that many of these websites are run from far flung countries, where there is little in the way of rule of law, and they would have to get Interpol involved.

The freedom of the internet is great and it has been good for democracy in the Arab countries and other repressive countries throughout the world.

It makes information freely available to everyone – everyone who has internet access anyway.

However, it does have its downsides.

So, perhaps they should limit police powers to those websites which operate from abroad.

One would be pretty annoyed, however, if the police just shut down one’s website and one would have to fight to get it back open again.

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    2 COMMENTS

    1. How are the police going to close down an illegal website operated from abroad? They’ll simply set it up again with a different host.

    2. Or indeed one in the UK. If one of my sites was brought down without due process I would simply release it to another server in a different country. Currently my web servers are hosted in Iceland so I don’t think there is any danger there. I assume a domain can also be jacked by the police if they have said powers, but again, adding a different domain name seems trivial. This seems to be another case of people who don’t understand technology making decisions about things they don’t understand.

      If the police told me to remove a site I would just laugh at the ineptitude and flailing attempt to control the interweb.

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