Is it legal to use the Tor browser?
What countries have restrictions on Tor and VPNs?
- North Korea
- United Arab Emirates
Can I get in trouble for using Tor?
While using Tor is perfectly legal in most countries, it does not mean that it is legal to use Tor as a tool to break the law. The Tor browser provides anonymity, but that doesn't mean that law enforcement will overlook criminal activity that happens through Tor. If you consider using Tor as a way to avoid being tracked by advertisers, ISPs, and websites, then you should not worry one bit about using it. On the other hand, if you plan to buy drugs or commit other offenses such as viewing unlawful images and videos, you should rest assured that law enforcement will try to get their hands on you.
The authorities are actively engaged in searching and hunting for criminal acts committed through the dark web. Do not be stupid in thinking that the Tor will protect you from being responsible for committing crimes.
What to do if your country blocks tor
While we do not encourage people to break the local laws, there are ways to circumvent the imposed blocks on the Tor network. Tor has provided a simple guide on how to access its services in restricted areas:
Some countries, such as China and Russia, have put significant resources in trying to block Tor. It is no surprise as such countries have significant citizen censorship, and blocking Tor and VPNs is just another way to silence its citizens.
Many people in the Western world take such freedoms as givens without valuing their importance. In reality, at least a quarter of people worldwide do not have the privilege of sharing their thoughts freely with the rest of the world without the government's involvement. At the end of the day, Tor is a powerful tool but use it smartly and for good.