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Swedish Regulators Ban Word "Bank" In Domain Names For Non-Banks

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 5 years ago | from the nanny-state-to-the-rescue dept.

Censorship 175

It seems that Swedish regulators have decided to extend the requirement of not calling yourself a bank to the registration of domain names. Now anyone that tries to register a .SE domain name with the word "bank" in it will need to prove they are a legitimate bank. Hopefully there are no blood banks or anyone with the last name of "Banks" that might want a .SE domain. Here is a Google translation of the demand issued by the authorities to the .SE registry.

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Easier solution - *.bank.se (5, Insightful)

kyz (225372) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234283)

Let sweden register "bank.se" and offer subdomains only to valid banks.

It works here in the UK - schools get .sch.uk, the police get .police.uk, etc., while we normal people get .plc.uk, .me.uk, .co.uk and so on.

Re:Easier solution - *.bank.se (2, Informative)

mx_mx_mx (1625481) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234355)

It won't work

You will get, just

www.bankofsweden.me.se
And nobody will notice.

I bet that even a
www.bankofsweden.yahoo.com will fool most of stupid users

But if they actually ban anything with word 'bank' it might at least help a bit

Re:Easier solution - *.bank.se (1)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234727)

we already have that.

Think of all the spam we get that goes to something like ht[]tp://bankofamerica.abcd3242.com

Re:Easier solution - *.bank.se (4, Insightful)

1 a bee (817783) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234741)

www.bankofsweden.me.se And nobody will notice. I bet that even a www.bankofsweden.yahoo.com will fool most of stupid users

Agreed. There are few cures for stupidity, and regulating the word "bank" in a domain name is not one of them.

Re:Easier solution - *.bank.se (2, Funny)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234785)

regulating the word "bank" in a domain name

Yeah... somebody should make a website...

www.BanKookyIdeas.se

Re:Easier solution - *.bank.se (1)

Snarf You (1285360) | more than 5 years ago | (#29235039)

www.bankrupt.se

Re:Easier solution - *.bank.se (1)

oldspewey (1303305) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234883)

I get lots of phishing scams with referred domains formatted like:

www.secure.chasebank.com.clientlogin.app37o7.se
www.fifththird.com.secure.clientid411739.cn

and it's obviously enough to fool at least some people

Re:Easier solution - *.bank.se (1)

quantumplacet (1195335) | more than 5 years ago | (#29235321)

yea, but if that works, so will
www.secure.chase.com.clientlogin.app37o7.se
so what's the point?

Re:Easier solution - *.bank.se (1)

jabberw0k (62554) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234623)

you misspelled "Banksy [banksy.co.uk] "

So much for... (5, Funny)

SlashDotDotDot (1356809) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234701)

my doughnut activism site (bankrispiekremes.se), my Cretaceous-themed bar's site (clubankylosaurus.se), and my large brass instrument tribute to 90's crap pop site (tubankotb.se). Sigh.

Re:So much for... (2, Interesting)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234893)

Or what if it's about the actor Douglas Fairbanks (senior/junior, take your pick) or boxer Chris Eubanks?

Re:So much for... (4, Funny)

idontgno (624372) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234957)

What about a fansite for the UN Secretary-General? [wikipedia.org] That guy's AWESOME! If I can't have my website bankimoon.se, I'll JUST DIE!

Re:So much for... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29235159)

So much for selling jewellery in sweden... at fabanklets.se

Re:Easier solution - *.bank.se (1, Insightful)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234761)

really? It "works." Because I'm pretty sure bank impersonating cyber criminals aren't going to say "aww well we better not impersonate this site because it's illegal now to register the word bank." You think they care about it being illegal? You know what else is illegal? Impersonating a bank and stealing money! They're either going to do it anyway or if they literally have a block on that word with the registrar, they'll just register "somebanknamefinancial" as long as the bank name doesn't have the word bank in it. Or maybe to impersonate Anchor Bank (that's mostly in Wisconsin I think but still) they'd register AnchorSecurity or AnchorPassword or AnchorInfoReset. You don't need the word bank.

That Explains It (4, Funny)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234303)

So that explains why I couldn't reach www.BjörnsSpankBank.se and I'll have you know that I expect a full refund for the *cough* services that "Björn" failed to render. Thankfully www.BjörnsPörn.se is still up or I'd have to switch to Swiss or *shudder* German sites.

It's official (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29234541)

Umlauts make everything funnier.

Re:That Explains It (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29235699)

Swiss porn is all gnomes and cuckoo clocks lubricated with chocolate. I'd put that at the bottom of the list.

Sperm banks & food banks out of luck (1)

Kligat (1244968) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234309)

Also, sorry to the three or four Swedes out there that were going to launch individual websites to show off their antique piggy bank collections over the next decade.

Re:Sperm banks & food banks out of luck (1)

DrMrLordX (559371) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234601)

Also, what are travel agents supposed to do if they want to set up a standalone website to showcase their travel packages to Burbank, CA? Huh? Huh?

Or the West Bank.

Or the Outer Banks.

Or . . . yeah, you get the idea.

Re:Sperm banks & food banks out of luck (1)

oldspewey (1303305) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234929)

If you hold stock in any swedish sperm banks, now's the time to sell.

Re:Sperm banks & food banks out of luck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29235085)

Except that is Sweden they speak Swedish. And antikspargrisar.se doesn't contain "bank".

Made me think of Ghostbusters (2, Funny)

MechaShiva (872964) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234321)

That ought to do it! Thanks very much, Ray.

Sudden Outbreak... (3, Insightful)

TheDarAve (513675) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234325)

Of common sense. There should be some things allowed within reason though. I can think of a few things that have "bank" in them that would not ever be misinterpreted as being a bank.

Re:Sudden Outbreak... (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234539)

Espcially since a lot of other meanings for bank [reference.com] came first. The original use of bank, in terms of elevation, came into use around 1150-2000 AD, while the bank that handles money didn't exist until 1425-1475 AD. Also, the original word can trace it's origins back to the swedish word, backe [google.ca] , meaning hill.

Re:Sudden Outbreak... (1)

Antony-Kyre (807195) | more than 5 years ago | (#29235379)

I can't help but wonder, what about having bnk or bnak or bakn in domain names? What about misspellings?

This is stupid. This is why we need to create a dot-bank tld.

Huh? (2, Funny)

Wumpus (9548) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234327)

Sperm banks? West Banks? Bankruptcy Help Club for Men? Anne Bankroft? (Yeah, I know...)

Re:Huh? (1)

xgr3gx (1068984) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234773)

s/bank/repository/g

Blood repository, sperm repository...etc.

Although, it wouldn't be long before we start seeing 'MoneyRepositoryOfNigeria.com'
1)Sign up for an online account
2)Enter your current bank's name, web address, your id number and password
3) Click submit to "transfer" your money from your old account to your new money repository account.
It's that simple!

Re:Huh? (1)

snspdaarf (1314399) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234845)

As long as I can still donate urine...

Re:Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29235123)

Sperm banks? West Banks? Bankruptcy Help Club for Men? Anne Bankroft? (Yeah, I know...)

s/bank/repository/g

Sperm repositorys? West Repositorys? Repositoryruptcy Help Club for Men? Anne Repositoryroft? (Yeah, I know...)

Yes my friend, you found an ideal and fail safe solution.

Re:Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29235709)

The problem is many users type urls as if they were searching for something. So when they type spermrepository.se, they might be surprised to find a sperm donor service rather than your mom's website.

Re:Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29236123)

Repositoryruptcy Help Club for Men? Anne Repositoryroft?

Re:Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29234775)

Near the West Bank, by the River Bank, past the sperm Bank, and the Food Bank was a Job Bank. They even posted jobs for Swedish legislators, recently unemployed, because their idiocy was brought to light on website slashdot.

Name Banning (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29235459)

Back in the day AOL banned Scunthorpe, Australia as a four letter word. Try and find the naughty bit :)

Re:Name Banning (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29235665)

I see what you did there

Re:Huh? (1)

AndersOSU (873247) | more than 5 years ago | (#29235751)

clearly this is just another step in the international jewish banking conspiracy to stifle discussion of the situation in the west bank

Bummer (5, Funny)

Stenchwarrior (1335051) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234329)

I guess sperm banks will have to go by the next-most synonymous name: britneyspears.se

Re:Bummer (2, Funny)

TheHawke (237817) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234369)

Thought one used babymakersrus.biz

Re:Bummer (1)

Archangel Michael (180766) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234811)

No No No No

www.babybatter.se

Re:Bummer (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 5 years ago | (#29235361)

they will get the .jiz TLD

Re:Bummer (3, Funny)

nycguy (892403) | more than 5 years ago | (#29235827)

If Britney is the bank, Paris is the Treasury Dept.

Re:Bummer (1)

Stenchwarrior (1335051) | more than 5 years ago | (#29236059)

Hah! if I could post and mod in the same story I'd totally mod you.

A Sperm Bank is probably okay (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29234341)

As long as they meet the reserve requirements.

Re:A Sperm Bank is probably okay (2, Funny)

Digestromath (1190577) | more than 5 years ago | (#29235923)

Imagine having to audit their liquidity? I believe thier best practices for an audit involve lots of defrosting and shuddering by a third party accounting firm.

Sigh... (5, Funny)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234351)

Sounds like their registration system is borked.

Right....... (0, Offtopic)

Colin Smith (2679) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234359)

Because banks and bankers are pillars of society...

 

Re:Right....... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29234485)

Who are pillars of society?

Bankrupt blood-bank in Burbank... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29234387)

seeks bankroll for sperm-bank expansion onto embankment.

So what are Food Banks called? (0)

ultraexactzz (546422) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234415)

What do they call Foodbanks in Sweden? And will they still get websites?

Re:So what are Food Banks called? (0)

jeffshoaf (611794) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234725)

What do they call Foodbanks in Sweden?

Fuudenbanks?

Re:So what are Food Banks called? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29234767)

What do they call Foodbanks in Sweden?

"Stuff they have in poor countries."

Please proof read your sig file... (1, Funny)

popo (107611) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234433)

It's a good thing you don't attach that to everything... oh, wait...

Edge cases (4, Funny)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234439)

Hopefully there are no blood banks or anyone with the last name of "Banks" that might want a .SE domain

The ban on the characters "B A N K S" in that order is obviously a thinly-veiled attack on Wolfram Alpha, particularly on Stephen Wolfram.

As well all know, Stephen Wolfram is the man behind Wolfram Alpha, and also the man behind the "New Kind of Science" -- NKS.

Also, as we all know, the ancient Egyptian word for soul is "Ba".

Therefore, we can conclude that the controllers of the .SE domain have a vendetta against Stephen Wolfram, the soul behind NKS... the Ba-NKS.

So who cares about the edge cases of blood banks or food banks or river banks or the purveyors of fine piggy banks. The real concern here is that there is a government conspiracy against a potential rival of Google... how deeply does Google have its claws sunk into European governments? When can be expect them to ban "Bing" from the url of any site that is not owned by either a registered wholesaler of a certain kind of cherry or a seller of outdated Christmas music?

Re:Edge cases (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29234553)

So much effort, so little return...

Re:Edge cases (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29234891)

Well, he did manage to get modded insightful for a totally obvious troll, so there was at least a little bit of a return.

Re:Edge cases (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234959)

An obvious joke, more like, and I'm as puzzled at the Insightful mod as you are.

Re:Edge cases (1)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 5 years ago | (#29235425)

Meh. It was a poor attempt at humor, to be sure.

But I've noticed that a lot of mods use 'insightful' instead of 'funny', explained as trying to game the moderation system to award karma to posts they find humorous.

Sure, it wasn't that funny. But I'm glad the original insightful mod was canceled by overrated -- I just wish the second one was too.

Re:Edge cases (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29236047)

don't we all game the mod system to give karma for posts modded up because they're funny? Personally, I use underrated, since it gives karma, but can't change what the post is modded as (so a post which started with 1, got a funny and 3 underratted would be '+5 funny', not '+5 underrated', or, in the case above '+5 insightful')

So I guess Softbank (2, Funny)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234463)

won't be making it to Sweden then :P

Looks like... (2, Funny)

Chysn (898420) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234467)

...the organization to ban Kabalism is out of luck.

Svenske? Nei (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29234471)

Who cares about the Swedes anyway. Norway is much better.

Re:Svenske? Nei (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29234849)

Forget about Norway - come to Kenya! [weebls-stuff.com]

Re:Svenske? Nei (1)

RayMarron (657336) | more than 5 years ago | (#29235365)

A moose once bit my sister.

There goes my idea (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29234473)

And I was just about to register my domain for a Swedish fansite about the world's greatest dancer [wikipedia.org] .

Re:There goes my idea (2, Funny)

Kayden (1406747) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234597)

See, the policy is already paying off.

Rob A. Bank (2, Informative)

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234531)

A friend of mine is named Robert A. Bank or "rob a bank". It's true. Good thing he isn't Swedish.

Re:Rob A. Bank (1)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 5 years ago | (#29235879)

It could be worse. He could be named Robert R. Bank, aka "Bank, Rob R." on most forms.

2000+ domains with bank in the name in .se (5, Informative)

a_n_d_e_r_s (136412) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234545)

There are over 2000 domains with "bank" as part of their name in the .se-domain - most of them are not banks in the traditional we-take-care-of-your-money banks. One example is platsbanken.se which is the national goverment register of open jobb.

And strangely enough some of the real big banks don't use bank in their domain name.

I know from several involded in the NIC .SE they dont like this at all and intend to fight it. Actually this is something that has been pushed by the banks for several years but became more prominent because of well-published fishing-scams against the banks - which actually managed to steal some money. The 'fun' part is that the fishing attempts didn't use .se domain names but domain names in other TLDs.

Tracing who created an .SE domain is easier then for other TLD so we probably will never see anyone trying to use the .SE TLD for fishing scams against the banks. So PTS - the national post and telphone goverment overseer - are pushing an agenda that won't really had help against the fishing attempts.

So this is nothing that are decided - yet. It will be a battle between PTS and NIC .SE over who decide over domain names.

Re:2000+ domains with bank in the name in .se (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 5 years ago | (#29235343)

YOu know, I ould ahve no problem witht here being a controlled , .econ . SO you need to prove your a fininacial insitution before getting on.
Change 100,000 for the initial sign up, then 1K a year.

In fact, make the person deliver proof in person as part of the register.
Make it where it's an annopying provess for the banks to start. that alone would keep the rif-raf down to a minimum.

An entity can only get 1.

some peoples children (1)

globeadue (875462) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234651)

why don't they just spend the money their wasting making this law on end user education which is the real problem anyways. the more you sugar code it, the worse it is when you get out in the real world.

Besides the obvious (1)

wcrowe (94389) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234697)

There is also the possibility that a domain name might have a combination of letters that could spell "bank". Something like turbankiosk.se.

Holy sensationalist summary, Batman! (5, Informative)

Kidbro (80868) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234745)

The press release [www.pts.se] (Swedish) from PTS (the regulating body referred to) makes it clear that the word is banned unless for banks or if it is otherwise clear that the name in question can not lead to misunderstandings.

A little more information than what you can get from the summary, TFA or the contentless blog rant TFA links to.

Re:Holy sensationalist summary, Batman! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29234947)

So: www.this-site-is-not-a-bank-but-we-will-loan-you-money.se is acceptable then?

Re:Holy sensationalist summary, Batman! (1)

julesh (229690) | more than 5 years ago | (#29235927)

the word is banned unless for banks or if it is otherwise clear that the name in question can not lead to misunderstandings.

In which of these perfectly reasonable proposed domain names is it clear that no misunderstandings are possible?

westbank.se (a domain that might concern a region of a city that is divided by a river running north-south)
bankright.se (a domain for pilots, named after something they do on a regular basis)
bankonit.se (a domain concerning events that are considered likely to happen)
cloudbank.se (a domain concerning meteorological formations)
doggerbank.se (a domain concerning a sandbank found in the North Sea)

Does that mean we won't have: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29234755)

briannabanks.se ?

Not a great idea (1)

merc (115854) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234897)

So what if I have a domain name promoting bankruptcy related legal services, or a travel website for Fairbanks Alaska, or snowbanking, etc. There's probably a huge list of things I haven't already thought of, but... it seems to not really address the problem with financial service website forgery. I doubt some identity thief will go "Well snap!, lets wrap it up boys, Sweden finally put an end to our tomfoolery!, the game is up!"

Re:Not a great idea (1)

FlyingBishop (1293238) | more than 5 years ago | (#29235007)

No, but this removes one avenue of attack. We really aren't doing enough to stop them at the moment.

Censorship ? (-1, Troll)

smoker2 (750216) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234919)

As usual the censorship tag appears. Do you even know what censorship means you ignorant fucks ? Maybe when you're old enough to have a history, you'll change your minds. I suppose it would be OK for anybody to advertise and trade as a govt. dept. by using the TLD .gov in your book. Assholes.

No, I don't care that this is not TLD related. You ignorant fucks have propagated to the extent where a TLD is irrelevant. The only question you have to ask is " is this the same address as the last successful connection that didn't result in a felony". Jesus fucking christ - are you completely stupid ?

Go on, mod me flamebait - just goes to prove how many ignorant assholes there really are out there. When I can pass a required computer exam where a significant part of the score is gained by knowing your fucking name - and the rest is gained by following written instructions -- I don't give a fuck any more.

It's quite simple. Are you a legitimate bank ? If not, then you can't pretend to be one on the internet. Is that so fucking difficult to understand ?

It seems AOHell has completed its takeover. Fuck off and die.

Dude, you need medication (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 5 years ago | (#29235291)

A government entity wants to control who ca use a word. How is that not censorship?

You say that yur example is not rellevant, then use it anyways. WHat is that, the "Point out my strawman and still use it fallacy"?

SO you ahve this flaming post, then call the poeple who recognize it as flamebait ignorant? Do you know what ignorant means?

Where the hell are you taking a computer exam?

Re:Dude, you need medication (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29235509)

Don't respond to posts like that. No point. You just lower yourself to his level.

I'm safe (1)

Dirtside (91468) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234955)

I've entrusted all my money with the good folks at citibenk.se, so I'm completely safe!

no bank/banks? (1)

MoFoQ (584566) | more than 5 years ago | (#29234963)

so...no sperm banks either?
Or if your name is "banks" [wikipedia.org] ?
Or if you happen to be a particular brand of beer [wikipedia.org] .

Re:no bank/banks? (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 5 years ago | (#29235219)

Or want to talk about a place where water and and land meet.

But my bank doesn't have 'bank' in the domain (1)

D. Taylor (53947) | more than 5 years ago | (#29235053)

This seems ridiculous. My banks have the domain names "halifax-online.co.uk" and "egg.com"...

Notabank.se (1)

JTsyo (1338447) | more than 5 years ago | (#29235195)

c'on that can't fool anyone into thinking it's a bank's website.

so no (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 5 years ago | (#29235197)

bobeubanks.se for Bob Eubanks

The puns....the horrible puns! (0)

xgr3gx (1068984) | more than 5 years ago | (#29235229)

Ha - Very amusing. I can't get enough of the very horrible bank puns everyone is making!
Seriously though, I am amused and enjoying a Friday afternoon chuckle!
Thanks!

What, no spermbank.se? (1)

davidwr (791652) | more than 5 years ago | (#29235231)

Well, that's one less spammer-owned domain!

Why is everyone assuming they use... (1)

rahvin112 (446269) | more than 5 years ago | (#29235259)

Why is everyone assuming that they use the translation of the word bank in the same context as we do in English (such as in reference to a blood or sperm repository)? The Sweedish language isn't romantic based and doesn't share the same base or grammar. As a result, even with the influence of English on their society, I'm not any where near confident as a non-Swedish speaker that the language would even use the translation of "Bank" in the same manner we do in English. Native speakers could likely comment on the usage of the word in the language but it's downright silly for speakers of another language without exposure to Scandinavian languages to believe the use of words would be similar to English.

Re:Why is everyone assuming they use... (3, Informative)

HonIsCool (720634) | more than 5 years ago | (#29235947)

English is not a romance language either. Both English and Swedish are Germanic languages, and Swedish does use 'bank' in the manner suggested (blodbank = blood bank, pantbank = pawn shop, platsbank = jobs available etc). It's not a bad point that different languages don't necessarily correspond in usage though.

as mr. gilmore stated (1)

prgrmr (568806) | more than 5 years ago | (#29235359)

"The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it."

The spammers and the cybersquaters and those taking advantage of misspelled search parameters will simply get a little more creative to end-run the Swedes.

ntrolWl (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29235429)

his clash wicth [goat.cx]

People who are named banks (1)

grayshirtninja (1242690) | more than 5 years ago | (#29235547)

It's a good thing that Iain Banks [iain-banks.net] has already registered his own domain name, but what about the rest of us with that name? This is bullocks.

Iain M Banks (1)

tylersoze (789256) | more than 5 years ago | (#29235557)

So no .se website for my favorite author then, I guess.

Drat there goes my plans (1)

jameskojiro (705701) | more than 5 years ago | (#29235603)

I wanted to make a Swedish fan site about the Jordell Bank observatory....

Thanks Sweden!

Durn do durn de bork bork bork!

On the plus size, er, I mean side ... (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 5 years ago | (#29235655)

... no more Tyra Banks [tyrabanks.com] .

I guess no one RTFA (1)

Chuckstar (799005) | more than 5 years ago | (#29235739)

They haven't banned the word bank. They've merely asked the registrar to highlight requests containing the word "bank" so that they can be checked for adherence to an existing law regarding portraying a company as a banking institution if it is not. Not how we would manage the system in the U.S. -- where consumer protection laws are more reactive than proactive compared to many European countries (not a judgment, just a fact) -- but hardly anything to get up in arms about.

And not even close to what the original post claims they are doing.

craBANKles (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29235885)

Guess at least in Sweeden crabs don't have ankles?

Re:craBANKles (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29235921)

-1 Lame.

How effective (1)

MBGMorden (803437) | more than 5 years ago | (#29236099)

Aside from this even being fair or not, I wonder how effective this will be anyways? Off the top of my head, the only bank I can think of that has it in their URL is:

www.bankofamerica.com

However, there's also:
www.wachovia.com
www.wellsfargo.com
www.citifinancial.com
www.firstfederal.com
www.htfcu.org

and so on and so on. I'm sure that's just the tiniest subset of banks, and my reference point is from the US, but at least here, it doesn't seem all the common for banks to put the word "bank" in their URL anyways.

Well that would be harsh (1)

jeichels (805414) | more than 5 years ago | (#29236201)

My domain is jobbank.com. Well we handle, ummm.... job posts and resumes and... Can anybody tell me if we look like a Financial Bank? Maybe not? Glad my company started up in USA all of a sudden.
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