Censorship Fears Over Police Lobbying to Close Websites

Source: The Telegraph

Police are seeking powers to effectively shut down websites they believe are engaged in criminal activity, prompting fears of increased censorship online.


Police want powers to effectively shut down websites Photo: ALAMY

At a meeting in London on Monday, authorities including the Metropolitan Police and the Serious and Organised Crime Agency lobbied for a new system that would allow them to suspend “dot uk” domain names. They have said the measure is needed to tackle online crime.

Yesterday’s meeting was convened by Nominet, the not-for-profit company that controls the registry of “dot uk” domain names. Under laws introduced last year, it faces takeover by the government if ministers believe it is not doing enough to help police…

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