TorrentFreak's lead researcher explains how they got the name, and why, along with a more appropriate term for these kids of sites, that's more accurate."
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whaa work is so hard
And yeah, who eneds privacy because it makes some 'investigator's job hard. I'm pretty sure we can knock crime on the head if we throw privacy out of the window and abolish pesky things like 'search warrants'.
In fact, let's do just what you say in meatspace - lets lock down cities, and then send squads of cops door-to-door in every town. We'll clean up the 'crime' that's there, and there won't have to do any petty investigating. orangina's all around!
The issue is not fake domain info. The issue is legally acceptable information in the UK (pseudonym not used for the purpose of deception - all your 'reasons' involve deception), and then some 'verification' which doesn't mean 'trying to contact (because hot damn! when they did that, it worked) but means matching entry on their database, with entry on another database they've paid for (and if you're not in their paid database, then it's government ID NOW or else.
Nominet had my home address for 2 years. no problems. any legal requirement to contact me beyond what was on the contact page (which had email and phone) could be dealt with via the standard legal way (such as a simple norwich pharmacal order) or via the authorities asking nicely.
it's just like the license plate, Can you show me where I can look up your name and home address online, for free, with just your license plate? You can't? Oh. Why's that? Because anyone with a significant reason to know would have reason to involve an authority that could find out, eh? Amazing.
TL;dr - you're lazy, and you want to make things for everyone else worse, because it makes your job a little easier. How nice of you to decide that being able to relax at your job is more important than my desire not to be SWATed, because I discussed my run-in with convicted hacker Jeremy Hammond and annoyed his supporters by shattering their illusions (I've actually done that, and yes his supporters have actively pizza-bombed people who spoke against him last year)
I would like to agree with a point you raised 'pretty much ANY website is a 'trading website''. This is the case and it's rare that a
.uk domain name is able to opt-out of having their address details displayed.
It's the same as indecency. What's acceptable to one, may be offensive to another. Should we go to the extremist view, 'skin showing is indecent' to appease the extremists, or should things reflect societal norms? Like 'all skin is indecent', anything involving anything commercial, even at one remove, makes this site commercial' is an extremist view. Does linking to your twitter profile, or a facebook page make you 'commercial'? Just read a good book, and wanted to share that on your site, with a link to where you can buy it means you're a business? Nominet says so. is that normal in the current state of society?
"Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward" -- William E. Davidsen