It is one of these mini controversies getting totally out of hand here. Our Minister of Justice, Computer Crime Unit and Privacy Commission are all mobilized to get this thing under control in an coordinated effort we have NEVER seen for any of the other MAJOR problems with ITsecurity in Belgium. (the fastflux botnet blocking being the major exception).
And who is being protected by this campaign ? The privacy of pedophiles.....
But the internet ain't that simple.
Once the information is out it is very hard to get it back into the can.
So after the anti-pedo sites (official and non-official) in Holland, US and UK someone decided to get such a register online for Belgium.
He couldn't with a Belgian domainname (the rootserver could block it) so he used a .com name out of Holland. But there is an European cooperation between the Justice and police Departments so that was not enough. So the files and the texts of the site are all adapted from out of the States (one mistake is enough to proof otherwise). But as there is also some cooperation between the US and the EU and you can't be too sure (even if in the US you have a Constitutional Right of Free expression and there are a lot of those sites around in the US, none of them is limited to Holland and Belgium).
So the site with the names and the pics is based in Latin America (any proxies or mirroring foreseen ?). In fact if he was smarter he would look for a country with which neither Holland nor Belgium have an extradiction agreement nor an agreement about judicial cooperation that would cover this kind of stuff. Nearly failed states enough around the world.
If he is really smart he sends his info to wikileaks and than it is just totally internetpublic. Just to proof that you won't keep this kind of information under 'the bed' in the internetconnected world of today if there is no official or more trustworthy alternative. (for example a database for schools, scouts and other institutions that work with children and by which they only do research under a Non Disclosure Agreement).
If you look at the site www. pedoseksuelenonline .co .cc (not a link) than you will see that there are only pics for some of the convicted and notorious pedos of Belgian criminal history (Dutroux and his gang of losers) and that the information about the others isn't that complete (even if the person says that he only publishes if there would be a complete file with criminal records about the person).
This makes his project much more problematic and if he was smart he would review this list and only publish that information about which he is absolutely sure and has the criminal convictions in hand. As the list is now it shows the dangers of such initiatives and the contradictions between his declarations and intentions and the practical effects. The anti-pedo movement also attracts some lunatics and all-believeers (believe anything because you trust nothing official). They are the biggest danger for the movement because they will decend it in ridicule, mistakes, paranoia and disaster.
It should be the state that should publicize this. But the government thinks that somebody should have a second chance and that making this (or anything else criminal) public online will harm this. Some other people believe that pedos will always stay pedos and that more care should be given to the fact that those people should be more closely followed up even if they have left prison long ago. Just to be sure.
Than you won't need amateuristic dangerous websites like this.
Just hitting this man won't make the controversy go away. THe state should give the parents the assurance that convicted pedos are being monitored closely and that they will never work with or live nearby children again for ever.
Otherwise you will have acts like in France where someone was mobbed because he looked like a convicted pedo who was rumored to be keeping a watch on the local school and children. The fathers formed a lynch mob to protect their neighborhood and stood guard with a bad pic. As he looked like the man in question he was stopped and when he tried to flee he was mobbed. THe police had to intervene to rescue him. In the UK there were also acts like that against (suspected) pedos.
If the state could earn the trust of the parents that they are doing all they can to monitor these predators and limit their possibilities to start it all over again elsewhere or with someone else than all those things wouldn't happen.
But you have to earn trust, especially about the security of your children.