Denmark Police Seek To Make Anonymous Internet Access Illegal
Posted June 28, 2011on:
The Denmark police have submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Justice that would outlaw all anonymous internet access, requiring online users to submit a means of personal identification to allow Government to track a users every move online.
Denmark Police Propose Ban On Anonymous Internet Use
Imagine if the police knew exactly what you do online: All the porn sites you scan secretly, the vitriolic comments you leave on blogs, the number of hours you spend playing Farmville.
In Denmark, police have recommended to Parliament that it create laws that make it impossible for citizens to surf anonymously. According to Danish-language blog Computerworld Denmark, the proposal is intended to help investigate terrorism.
In the proposal, locations providing open Internet, like cafes and libraries, would have to confirm a user’s identity, with some form of official ID, before letting them get online. Companies may also have to register and verify users’ identities before providing access, as well as retain records of user logs.
Proposal: You can no longer go the web anonymously
A working group of the ministry of Justice seeks to further tighten the monitoring of the Danes
The Ministry of Justice seeks to tighten the screw of online internet monitoring tighten.
Thus, a working group at the Ministry of Justice has issued a recommendation to parliament that would require all persons on the open Internet connections from such libraries and the wireless network’s of cafe’s to require a personal code to identify the individual before being able to get online.
The idea is that the police or the intelligence community, with data from the open network connections will be able to investigate terrorism more effectively when the police can see who is logged on to the open network and not least, what sites network users have visited and whom they interacted with.
Need CPR or SMS
How people should identify themselves when making anonymous connections is still unclear.
Working with the Ministry of Justice mentions various possibilities have been suggested such as providing Social Security numbers, electronic signature or SMS solutions.
Regardless of the method used, the requirement will be that a network user “will not have access to the Internet before the information about the person’s identity is registered and verified.”
Frames also companies
The proposal before the ministry of Justice with affect large and small businesses will be hit if the recommendation becomes a reality.
If a company can not demonstrate who logs on to the network, which is exactly the case with libraries and net cafes, users must make themselves known with a personal code.