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Weekend Gedankenexperiment - The Kill Switch



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On Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 9:09 PM, Mark Newton <newton at internode.com.au>
wrote:

>
> On 04/02/2011, at 2:13 PM, Jay Ashworth wrote:
>
>> An armed FBI special agent shows up at your facility and tells your
>> ranking manager to "shut down the Internet".
>
> Turn off the room lights, salute, and shout, "Mission Accomplished."
> The FBI dude with the gun won't know the difference.
>

No. The correct answer is that in the U.S., if the Agent in question has a
valid subpoena or N.S.L., you must comply. If he doesn't, then you do not
have to comply.

I cannot answer for any other jurisdiction.

Also, make sure you have staff attorneys well-versed in Internet law --
you'll need them either way.

- - ferg

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?Engineering Architecture for the Internet
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