German lawmakers have decided to criminalize the provision of Dark Web hosting infrastructure on the grounds that illegal activities are taking place.
The Bundesrat, the legislative body representing Germany's 16 federal states, passed the measure on Friday and is preparing to present the bill to the German Parliament where it will be discussed and possibly approved.
Of course we should mention that it is already illegal to sell drugs or provide hitman services on these websites. But German lawmakers believe more needs to be done to stop providing any technical infrastructure to these markets.
The law was originally proposed by the states of North Rhine-Westphalia and called for criminal penalties for those providing platforms που επιτρέπουν ποινικά αδικήματα και όπου η πρόσβαση περιορίζεται από ειδικές τεχνικές προφυλάξεις.
This means websites that are only accessible through services such as Tor and I2P - Tor and even refers to Accompanying Documentation (PDF) of the draft law.
There will be prison terms of up to three years in cases of providing infrastructure to platforms that traffic in drugs, explosives and material child sexual abuse.
Bavaria has attempted to modify the plan to impose sanctions on the normal internet in addition to the Dark Web, in addition to proposing the use of telecommunications surveillance and state satellites. According to Netzpolitik, the Bavarian amendments were not passed.
However, there are some who fear that the proposal is still very extensive. The criminal David Schietinger said in Der Spiegel that the law would "severely limit civil liberties" and that it "could be used to severely limit or outright ban the Dark Web."
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