German States Approve Criminal Law Targeting Dark Web Infrastructure

Germany’s federal states have voted in favour of a measure to extend criminal sanctions against those providing infrastructure to so-called “dark web” sites used for illegal purposes, such as selling firearms, drugs or illegal content.

The measure, which critics have called overly broad, is the latest sign of a crackdown in Europe and elsewhere on the internet’s perceived harmful social and economic effects.

In the UK, for instance, two separate Parliamentary committees have in recent weeks recommended a new regulatory framework for social media companies, in part due to the way they have been abused to spread illegal content or misinformation.

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Source: Silicon UK