Last dog out of the starting blocks! You gotta wonder, don't you?
Reference: http://www.eweekeurope.co.uk/news/nomin ... ules-38691
Police could request a domain be blocked without a court order, if new proposals are adopted
Nominet, the registrar that handles .uk domains, is moving ahead with proposed rules (PDF)
that could allow law enforcement agencies to request a domain be shut down without a court order.
The registrar launched the process in response to a request from the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). Currently Nominet’s rules don’t allow for domains to be shut down for criminal reasons, though in the past it has blocked domains at the request of law enforcement agencies on the pretext that they provided false contact details.
Suspension of a domain will not require a court order but should be limited to circumstances where necessary “to prevent serious and immediate consumer harm”, according to Nominet.