"Cressida Dick, Metropolitan Police commissioner"
That is truly a gift to us commentards. And yet -like a tweet from Trump- where the hell do you start with that?
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To misquote Terry Pratchett, the police want you indoors with the lights on; curtains open; and your hands on the table.
Assisting the police is not the same thing as rendering yourself totally helpless to them misusing your data. I'm all for helping to stamp out crime; but I can't trust the police as an organisation as far as I can spit a hedgehog. They had free reign of our data before everyone caught on (illegally, I might add) and they abused it. So tough fucking luck, encrypted it is.
"The identity of what entity owns which domain names never seemed to me like data that needed to be protected or kept secret."
For organisations, sure. For solo operators like myself there absolutely is a reason...the internet is a big place, full of nutters, not all of whom would treat your personal information with the care that you would wish for. There's marketers who will waste your time trying to peddle their shit. There's identity thieves. There are plenty of full-bore turbo loonies who may take offence at something you do/say/type and want to point out your error in the most stabby way they can manage. And so on. Publishing my home address that way just is not a thing that is going to happen; legislate what you like. There is PO boxes and the like, of course, but that's a significant (comparatively) expense and doesn't help that much because it still gives out a fairly precise geographical location.
Phone books, yes, but they were printed on paper; were pretty local. And abuses still happened. WHOIS is both electronic text and globally published; which makes bulk manipulation easier whilst simultaneously engorging the pool of potential piss-takers.
"To be honest, why should the rest of the world comply with a law Europe has developed."
To be honest, why should the rest of the world comply with ICANN's wish -not even a law- to have our private information and publish it globally? And then charge you to hide it....that's like volunteering for blackmail.
Just lie on the forms. That's always been my policy for anyone who thinks they are entitled to my personal information, and it's worked pretty well so far. Poison that database. Bonus points for using details of marketers, so they can stay busy spamming each other.
"It would be nice to know why someone disagreed with a statement of the law..."
You haven't stated any laws, just opinion backed by some rather dodgy analogies. Secondly, this is a tech site and many of the audience have used the same methods to "download the lot and I'll sort it out later"....which is very much faster than clicking on every single link. I have done this myself, and it's a lot faster to deal with a directory full of random stuff than it is to fish out all the desired bits manually; waiting for a page refresh between each action.
More to the point, the website is specifically for the public to download documents. If the documents in question have not been properly processed (redacted in this case) then they have no business being on a publicly-accessible website. is is negligence on the part of the website operators, pure and simple.
Time to cut loose with a dodgy analogy of my own: The website operators are doing the equivalent of pointing at a random person and shouting "Thief!" in order to mask their own getaway. And that's wrong.
I've always taken the "lie glibly on the form" approach. No fucking way am I publishing my home address on the internet.
Even with the law; it's still a matter of trust that there will be no cock-ups; envelopes full of money; or people who have authorisation and use it for purposes that you would not approve of. No data, no problem.
I wonder if they kept the "mysterious equipment failure at convenient times" statistic. That would be interesting to know.
It's a trial, so unless the cameras are very very obvious, the public are going to behave like normal unless they spot them; by which time it may well be too late. I would expect some change in the behaviour of the police; unless the equipment can be easily nullified (which it probably can) in which case turn it off when convenient and carry on like normal.
Small sample size too.
I investigate moving it to 1&1 and can't and can't find a price either.
I always keep domain registry and the working bit (website/email etc) separate because it's easier to move hosts then. Having to move hosts AND extract the domain makes it all complicated and time-consuming. Separate domains, you just change the nameservers to your new hosts and you're back in the game immediately.
I dio see your points and I'm sure he's covered in the TOS that he can do what he wants; but it's a bad precedent to set. When one person acts as judge, jury and executioner -no matter how well intentioned- it is a bad thing. Always leads to the question "Who's next?"
Namecheap run a shitload of domains and statistically they are probably aiding and abetting worse sites than these alt-right guys. As a long-term customer of theirs I don't want them to start picking off stragglers....not because I have any particular fear of being picked off; just because it's the wrong thing to do. Arbitrary decisions from the people holding your domains is not a wholly comfortable feeling. There's no due process. There would almost certainly have been a takedown notice along shortly, so why not wait for that and blame somebody else?
I know he only did it for a free publicity wank; but not totally happy about it.
Basically, a backpacker with a modest Victorinox in their kit will be fine in Spain. A 'Crocodile Dundee' will be hard to justify."
...provided the Victorinox has a blade length of less than 11cm, yes. Fuck-all good for camping, though, unless it's the sort of on-an-official-campsite-with-showers-and-everything camping; in which case you don't really need a knife. A Crocodile Dundee" would probably count as an "armas blancas" and be illegal to own even at home, unless you're a collector (presumably registered). "Daggers of any type" are particularly mentioned as being outright illegal, even at home.
UKians don't have it all their own way with multitools either...you're not allowed to have locking blades which makes making use of such a tool considerably more hazardous (if you're using it as a tool whilst -ironically- not really hindering anyone who wishes to use it for intimidation or outright stabbery).
To be frank multitools were at risk even before the world became all wanky about blade length....police the thieving fucks just love them some multitools.
The relevant bit is tihs:
" It is against the law generally to carry, display or use any kind of knife in public, especially knives with pointed blades, unless one is on one's own property or is working or engaged in a legitimate sporting activity requiring the use of such a knife."
That's how the police are enforcing it round here anyway. A penknife as general pocket furniture is out.
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