Content liability on the internet

Both websites and e-mails may include unlawful content or be used for unlawful activities, such as attempted fraud. These types of conflicts tend to end up as criminal cases, where the prosecuting authority is looking to shut down to a certain type of content or service. In crimes and other dubious activity on the internet, more often than not the services are the problem, not the domain name itself.

The domain registration holder is liable for everything his registration is used for. Norid does not monitor website content, nor do we have any authority to impose sanctions on websites that appear to break the law; this authority is vested in the police and the legal system (HR-2009-01692-U).

The only effective means of making an unlawful service entirely inaccessible without negatively affecting third parties, is to remove the content or shut down the service. This can only be done locally, where the service or content is located. In cases where it is difficult to access the content, the prosecuting authority and the courts may take action against the address pointing to the content, i.e. the domain name.

Help in disputes over content

The guidance service slettmeg.no offers advice on how to remove information from the internet. They are quite knowledgeable about what it is possible to remove and how to proceed in order to succeed.

The police handbook on their tip page includes tips on how to inform the police of illegal activity online.

Last updated 21 September 2017