Is the dark web illegal or legal? Complete explanation

is dark web legal or illegal

In this article, you’ll learn if the dark or deep web is illegal or legal. Before answering whether the dark web is legal or not, let me first explain what really is a dark web. So, without any further ado lets get started.

What really is the dark web?

Dark Web is a smaller part of the deep web. If a website address contains .onion at the very end, you can quickly identify if it’s a Dark website. These sites are accessed via the TOR browser and will usually not open in your normal browser without any unique configuration or proxy. It is a place on the internet which people use to hide their identity from the prying eyes of the government & various other organizations. It is the place which is notoriously infamous. But wait a minute! It’s not always true, continue reading this article to know the complete truth.

Click here to view some of the astonishing screenshots of Dark Web.


A darknet is a mysterious place on the internet, which is NOT regulated by any authority, always protect your privacy and be beware of frauds & scams. It is best recommended that you always use a VPN & never give your personal details unless you really trust the other party. Stay Safe!

Difference between Deep web and Dark Web

Many times you must have heard the words “Deep Web” and “Dark Web.” These terms are generally confused with each other & are misunderstood by many individuals. Let me explain these one at a time:

  • The deep web is the whole web that can’t be accessed & indexed by search engines like Google, Bing, Yandex, etc. The deep web includes private forums, chat groups, membership sites, Dark web websites, etc. In a nutshell, if I store some private files on iCloud or Dropbox then you cannot search them using Google. Hence it becomes a part of the Deep Web.
  • While Dark web is the “smaller” part of the deep web whose site addresses end with .onion.

Is the Dark web illegal or legal?

Long story short: the answer is YES it is legal to use TOR browser & hence the Dark web. You might also be surprised to know that the Tor project is supported & funded by the US Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Mozzila, and many other big companies and organizations. In the past, the Tor project has been funded by Google also. You can find here the complete list of sponsors. Also, the dark web is infamous for many illegal & unethical activities, yet these organizations support Tor, you may wonder why!! Let me explain this.

First of all, not all people are bad on the Dark web! Tor project was meant to be a place where people can discuss their problems, illness without being judged(by hiding their identities) and it could be a place of Free speech where everyone is free from the prying eyes of the government and other authorities. On the dark web, Doctors prescribe medicines to their patients to maintain complete privacy & anonymity. Only very few percentages of people are doing unethical things on Dark web. Hence to support the greater good these organizations support dark web. Always remember not all people are bad people, ONLY bad people are bad. Hence it is LEGAL in various countries. But like regular web, unethical sites not legal. You can also watch the following video to get more knowledge regarding this:


A darknet is a mysterious place on the internet, so always protect your privacy & be beware of scams. And never ever share your PII(Personally Identifiable Information) unless it is really required. Want to share your experience or ask a question? Leave a comment below.

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