Sen. Wyden: Let's hope Hillary Clinton, and not DHS, prevails on Web issues

Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenMobile providers at center of privacy storm Hillicon Valley: House chair seeks emergency briefing on wireless industry's data sharing | AG nominee to recuse himself from AT&T-Time Warner merger | Dem questions Treasury, IRS on shutdown cyber risks On The Money: Trump says he won't declare emergency 'so fast' | Shutdown poised to become longest in history | Congress approves back pay for workers | More federal unions sue over shutdown MORE (D-Ore.) spoke out against administration efforts to tear down rogue websites Wednesday, saying foreign governments could see the U.S. domain seizures as a "green light" to tamper with the Web in their countries.

Wyden has panned domain-name seizures before, writing to the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency to question their policy of taking down websites that sell counterfeit and copyrighted goods.

Speaking at an event hosted by the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), Wyden said he sees a tension in the government between the aggressive ICE crackdown and the work of Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGillibrand announces exploratory committee to run for president on Colbert Former PepsiCo CEO being considered for World Bank chief post: report Live coverage: Trump AG pick grilled on Mueller probe at confirmation hearing MORE to promote Internet freedom. The State Department funds technology aimed at derailing Web censorship by foreign regimes. 

Wyden, who commended Clinton for her efforts and said he has spoken with her on the initiative, said domain-name seizures in the U.S. could be a setback to Clinton's Internet freedom work. 

"Hopefully, her views will prevail, and not the views of ICE," he said. 

Wyden said foreign governments might look at the domain seizures and say, "We've seen it done in the U.S. We have the green light to do it here in our country."

ICE has seized hundreds of domain names this year with warrants, although not without sometimes accidentally taking down sites that had done nothing wrong, according to reports. 

The departments that take down websites say it is essential to follow thieves online, and point to the economic drain of intellectual property theft.