John McDonnell , Labour MP for Hayes & Harlington has had a Parliamentary Question on the Indymedia server seizure scandal answered on Wednesday 27th October 2004. Rackspace Managed Hosting Limited' UK server hosting facilities in Stockley Park high tech business park, just north of Heathrow Airport, is within the Hayes & Harlington Parliamentary Constituency..
John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received from foreign governments with regard to the seizure of computer equipment from the independent news agency Indymedia on 7 October. 
Caroline Flint: The Secretary of State did not receive any representations from foreign governments in this matter."
So no contact with foreign governments, or any involvement of UK law enforcement agencies.
The minimal answers to Parliamentary Questions and the refusal of the Home Office to make a proper statement on the Indymedia affair, and what the Government is going to do to prevent such disregard for UK laws and sovereignty happening again in the future, is simply undoing all the good work that the National High Tech Crime Unit (N.B. Shockwave only website !) are trying to achieve with their Confidentiality Charter (.pdf).
The aim of this Charter is to try to re-assure businesses that they will not suffer unduly from properly focussed, targeted and legally authorised criminal investigations, thereby increasing the reporting of computer crimes, which are vastly under reported at present, due to such fears of "collateral damage" and business disruption.
Anybody doing a business risk analysis about which country is the "best place to do e-commerce" and where web and other servers should be sited, must now reassess the risk of such "collateral damage" if they plan to use a company like Rackspace in the United Kingdom.