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Denmark Police Wants to Ban Anonymous Internet Use

Denmark Police Wants to Ban Anonymous Internet Use

Should using the internet Anonymously be a thing of the past? That’s what police in Denmark are hoping. They are currently recommending that identities be verified before someone is able to log on to the internet. But is it one thing to hope that internet anonymity be abolished and quite another to make it happen?

There’s some interesting developments being pointed out by the Huffington Post. An article (Google translated, original) is suggesting that police in Denmark are hoping that internet anonymity be a thing of the past. How exactly do they propose to do that? From the translated article:

How people should make themselves known to the as yet open, anonymous connections are still unclear.

Working with the Ministry of Justice mentions various possibilities such as Social Security numbers, electronic signature or SMS solutions.

The requirement will, however, according to Politiken be that a network user “will not have access to the Internet before the information about the person’s identity is registered and verified.”

If this truly is the way the police in Denmark hopes to end internet anonymity in their country, then it won’t work. What’s to stop someone from accessing TOR? If someone accesses a website via TOR, then the IP address is different and it’s extremely difficult to trace that person back to the original IP address. Really, even if the goal is not to end internet anonymity altogether, what exactly does this accomplish practically speaking. If someone wants to cover their tracks and they know what they are doing, they will. Also, you never want to mess around with things like social insurance numbers. If a social insurance number is used to verify someone’s identities and it is used in such a way that allows third parties to trace the numbers, identity thieves are a big step closer to stealing people’s identities.

This could be an additional strain on the system, it could cost a lot of money to implement, and, at the end of the day, I fail to see how a proposal like that would end internet Anonymity if the report is anything to go by.

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Drew Wilson
Drew Wilson is perhaps one of the more well-known file-sharing and technology news writers around. A journalist in the field since 2005, his work has had semi-regular appearances on social news websites and even occasional appearances on major news outlets as well. Drew founded freezenet.ca and still contributes to ZeroPaid. Twitter | Google Plus
Hi-Ho
Hi-Ho

Denmark is on the fail train. Let's identify ourselves online using our social security numbers. /Facepalm . Seriously Denmark, why do you want to know everybody's business? You sound like a country full of stalking perverts. AKA Denmark's government. . Get a real job and leave the stalking to the professionals.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Shouldn't "Denmark police" be "Danish police"? Otherwise we'd have to say "Britain police", "America police", and "Canada police" instead of "British police", "American police", and "Canadian police".

Jimbo
Jimbo

It could be implemented at the ISP level, sort of like what the Australian government planned to do with an internet filter. I'd imagine you would identify yourself to the ISP and anything you do from there would be traceable, but then of course yes you could use a VPN or something and it immediately becomes anonymous again.

Orph
Orph

The general public in many countries hardly even understands what's happening. for example the RICA law in South Africa is already in place, requiring complete registration and proof of residence before accessing mobile or data networks. The entire connected population has handed in all their details like sheep, while the crooks will of course make another plan: cellphone crime is going to go thru the roof

Binary Bob
Binary Bob

And it won't stop hackers like me....

ejonesss
ejonesss

i dont know how they will enforce the rules.

mountain_rage
mountain_rage

Not to mention that the general public will likely vote out any lunatic delusional enough to risk his political career with such a move. As long as there is a decent opposition, it will be political suicide.



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