Washington (AP) — The government shutstering a commercial services provider that helps consumers find and compare products and services, including those in the dark bar, will be a rare and significant example of how government agencies are moving beyond outdated notions of government control to the limits of their authority, advocates say.
For many years, the government has taken care of everything else, from policing to policing, said Kevin Roberts, director of the National Center for Public Policy Research’s Center for Digital Government and Technology.
But the shutdown of Bright Bar, the largest and most profitable of a constellation of online retail and commercial retailers that operates under the auspices of the Federal Trade Commission, means that even if the government could manage everything else in the marketplace, it could not manage the dark bars.
The dark bars are the areas of the Internet that are inaccessible to most consumers, but that have been deemed critical to a wide range of critical business services, such as credit cards and online gambling, which are not easily accessed by people without access to the Internet.
That could cause serious problems for those services, Roberts said.
The FTC’s role has been to regulate Internet service providers.
But the dark web has become an exception.
The commission has not cracked down on the dark services that it has regulated, including BitTorrent and the so-called “shadow market,” where websites and other applications that do not comply with the law are available.
And so the FTC has taken on the role of overseeing dark web activities, said Michael Beckerman, who oversees the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, which is responsible for enforcement of the law.
But in a major move, the FTC is expected to order Bright Bar to cease operating in the United States, said Beckerman.
The agency would take a broad approach, including taking Bright Bar off the market, he said.
But Roberts said that would likely be very difficult to do, given the nature of the dark market.
“It is a very tightly regulated market,” Roberts said, adding that the government will not be able to control it.
“The dark market has been the subject of an intense public debate and has been criticized by both supporters and critics of the government’s authority to regulate the dark Internet.
It includes the websites operated by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s internet-monitoring agency, the FSB.
But critics of those sites have said that they operate on a voluntary basis, that they provide legitimate information to the public, and that the Russian government does not monitor them.
Many people have been skeptical of the Russian efforts, and the FSF and other critics have been calling on the U.S. government to shut down those sites, which they say undermine the independence of American law enforcement.
The new dark-bar orders would be the first of their kind, though they are unlikely to lead to any meaningful regulation of the market.
The orders are likely to be challenged in court, and would probably be challenged again in the future, said Matthew Green, a law professor at the University of Virginia School of Law.
That would likely require the court to rule that the dark-bars are an illegal form of commerce, and therefore violate the Sherman Antitrust Act.
The U.N. agency also has no authority to make the orders, but the U,N.
has already used the authority of the WTO to regulate other aspects of the marketplace.
The United States is the world’s largest buyer of goods and services.
The government has said that it needs to control dark markets to keep Americans safe.
But many experts say the dark markets are a legitimate market, and their existence could help to create jobs and keep the economy going.
The market for goods and other goods in the black market has grown since the 2008 financial crisis, when many consumers began shopping online and using credit cards to pay for goods.
But after the crisis, many people who needed goods did not have the means to get them and some businesses went bankrupt, creating a ripple effect throughout the economy, said Robert Kagan, who was a senior adviser to President George W. Bush and is now at the Brookings Institution.
The markets have also been the target of attacks from criminals, who have used the black markets to launder money and launder drugs, said Green.
That’s because criminals can get their drugs from other markets, Green said.