[members-discuss] NCC acting on registrations pursuant to "police order"?
Zoe O'Connell zoe at hotchilli.com
Mon Nov 14 11:05:08 CET 2011
On 11/11/11 13:27, Hank Nussbacher wrote: > I support RIPE NCC in its effort to make the Internet a safer place. A > court order for RIPE NCC to do something would probably have needed a > trial, and can sometimes take months and usually years until a decision is > handed down. If the police lodged a formal request then RIPE NCC has to > abide by it. Adjust the charter or procedures to comply with reality if > necessary. I believe that the current situation is unrelated to preservation of data, so I don't believe there's a treaty obligation involved. From what I've heard, the bad people have all been arrested so nobody is being kicked offline who isn't offline anyway. However, whilst I am not familiar with the legal situation in the Netherlands, (Is there an independent judicial element to any police "requests"?) I would be rather worried about any situation in which the police, based on their own particular policies, might be able to exert control over what they consider acceptable use of the Internet within the RIPE region. RIPE covers many countries and not all have the same set of ethical values and standards and we should be wary of any situation in which one nation exerts undue extra-judicial influence because a coordinating body happens to be based there. Zoë