updated 09:55 pm EDT, Thu June 23, 2011
Public access points may require proof of identity
Danish police are reportedly pushing their government to bring tighter controls over Internet access, arguing that anonymous usage benefits terrorism. A group within Denmark's Ministry of Justice has voiced a recommendation that parliament should draft legislation banning anonymous access to the web, particularly in places such as Internet cafes or libraries.
To allow people to still utilize the same types of public connections that are currently left open, the group calls for requirements that will force ISPs and other companies to obtain identification before allowing individuals to use their services. Users would be tied to identification codes, which would serve as a way for police to track online activity.
Although Denmark is not generally considered a high-profile terrorist target, a Danish newspaper stirred conflict in 2005 when it published cartoons depicting Prophet Mohammed. Police late last year made several arrests of terrorist suspects, however, preventing what was described as an attack planned for New Year celebrations in Copenhagen.
It remains unclear of the Danish parliament will follow the Ministry's requests. [via Boing Boing and Computerworld.dk]