Debate Opened as Police Seek Powers to Shut Down Domains

Police plans to shut down web domains that are believed to be used by criminals are set to be debated in public.

Back in November, the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) planned to give such powers to Nominet, which oversees the .uk domain. SOCA wants the power formalised, as Nominet has no obligation to shut domains found to be used by criminals.

Those who want to take part in the debate should put their names forward by February 23rd. Nominet plan to make a decision by March 2nd.

SOCA said its proposal emerged after work undertook last year to shut down websites that were used to sell fake goods or which were engaging in other criminal activity.

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