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The federal government wants to regulate the darknet trade

Drugs, weapons or child pornography: buyers can purchase illegal products undetected on darknet commerce platforms. The platform operators usually go unpunished. Now the Federal Ministry of Justice wants to re-regulate Darknet trade.

Imagine that you are shopping on the internet. You call up a page, visit your favorite shop and put the goods in the shopping cart. However, this is not about clothes on Otto or a new power bank for your smartphone on Ebay. Instead, you buy guns or drugs.

Darknet vs. Clearweb: Online shopping in two worlds

Darknet trading makes this possible. The darknet is an invisible part of the internet that is insignificant for a large part of the population. Access is only possible via the Tor network and, for example, the Tor browser of the same name.

This access ensures that users of the dark web move undetected. The resulting data traffic is encrypted and is redirected via several servers, so that tracking is not possible or is very difficult.

The opposite is then the so-called Visible or Clear Net. This includes all "normal" Internet pages that you open in everyday life on your smartphone or via Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Apple's Safari browser on your desktop.

As is so often the case with Darknet in general and Darknet trading in particular, the dark and undetected part of the Internet is much larger than the visible area that is in our focus.

Federal Ministry of Justice is planning new regulation for darknet trading in Germany

In principle, Darknet trading works like classic online shopping. The platform operators charge commissions or fees from the sellers. Nevertheless, the penalties against the operator are usually relatively low.

The Federal Ministry of Justice in Germany would like to change that. According to a new bill that, among other things, the mirroris available, the Criminal Code is to be supplemented by paragraph 127 "Criminal liability for operating criminal trading platforms on the Internet".

What exactly does the new draft law for Darknet trade provide?

Some significant innovations emerge from the plans of Federal Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht.

1. Higher penalties

Overall, the penalty for operating - and thus promoting illegal trade in the Darknet - is to be increased. There is a risk of up to five years imprisonment in the future. If a "commercial activity" is recognizable, the penalty increases to ten years.

2. Focus off serious crime

The focus is on all those platforms on which or with the help of which serious crimes are committed. Specifically, this means: trafficking in drugs, weapons, counterfeit money, recordings of child abuse and hacking.

The Ministry of Justice is also responding to the legitimate criticism from 2019. The old draft of the law would have ensured that journalists and whistleblowers could no longer use the protection of the Darknet for their revelations.

With the focus on the criminal aspects, this is no longer the case.

3. The operators are held liable

The third and last point concerns the operators of the respective platforms. They saved themselves in legal proceedings with the statement that they did not know anything about the activities on their own platform.

The burden of proof on the investigators, who had to prove to the operators that they supported the Darknet trade in drugs and other illegal goods, was correspondingly high.

That should be easier in the future. Paragraph 127, for example, makes it easier for operators to be monitored using telecommunications surveillance. Targeted online monitoring and digital searches are also made easier.

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Less shade and protection for darknet trading

The measures planned by the Ministry of Justice are sensible steps to better control and regulate darknet trade. The higher penalties and better monitoring options make operating the platforms less attractive.

However, anyone who believes that the Darknet trade is over is wrong. It's just a first step in the right direction.

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