Can you go to jail by just visiting a blocked website? Answer is both Yes & No. This is a very intriguing and by some standard very weird question. But then we at times stumble upon such topics every now and then. In this article, we will look at internet laws of various coutries, so that we can discuss where accessing certain blocked website is banned by law and where it is allowed.
Can you really go behind the bars for accessing blocked website?
Access to internet(acces to data for that matter) is considered to be one of the basic human rights as it falls under right to freedom of expression. Basic Internet Access and Privacy for each individual is considered very in this age of Information Techology. However many coutries have different laws and restrictions on the use of internet.
You can be jailed in certain countries for accessing blocked/banned website and this is kind of harsh truth. In many countries, there are some high fines applied to individuals who are caught visiting some websites which are banned as per that country law.
Before we look at individual coutry internet restriction lets have a look at what are banned by majority of the coutries world wide.
- Child pornography or websites containing any thing exploiting underaged children are banned in most of the countries.
- Access to dark web is also banned/restricted in most of the countries.
- Most of the countries regulate and scan their internet to ban/restrict any element that is against human rights.
Above restrictions as we see are for the good and are followed by most countries bar some. Lets look into some individual coutries internet restriction based on what they restrict which if not followed may land you behing jail bars.
Total Restriction on Internet: North Korea has almost total restriction of internet access to its citizens.
Restrictions on Torrent / Torrenting Websites: Torrents are used by millions of users to download various pirated and copyrighted content illegally. Countries that have imposed ban on torrents include Russia, Pakistan, Indonesia, Japan, India, Spain, France etc..
Restriction on Social Media: It’s surprising to see the no. of countries that have some kind/total restrictions on social media platform cosidering the number of people who are active on these platforms. China leads the pack when it comes to social media restriction closely followed by Turkmenistan & Eritrea. Partial Social Media restriction have been imposed in Russia, Mongolia, Some Arab Countries, Brazil, Many African coutries etc.
Restriction on Media/News: Most of the dictatorship operated coutries have banned media/news in some or other form. Heavy media & news website restriction have been observed in China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Venezuela, & Congo etc.
Restrictions on the use of VPN’s: Most of the restricted content can be accessed with the use of VPN’s. Some countries went a step ahead and bannned the use of VPN. Countries include China, Russia, Iraq, and Iran. Partial VPN bans have been imposed Turkey, Oman, Lithuania, and Turkmenista etc.
Internet Restrictionists are quite varied. Some restrictions/ban such as ban on child pornography is for the betterment of society. Child Pornography is a criminal offence and a practice that has to be stopped completely. Also some countries restrict drug websites as they promote drug addiction.
However there are many instances where internet restriction are not fair. Many people in such countries use VPN & other methods such as unblocking proxy websites to get access to restricted content. We strongly recommend you to follow internet laws of country you are in. As such there are very bleak chances of getting caught but if you do then you might end up behind the bars.
Many people use VPN’s for various purpose such as to protect their privacy on internet which is quite fine. However many people especially students use vpn’s to download pirated software’s and movies, we understand that and recommend not to.
However here are some tips for your internet safety:
Use Private Browsers – Use private browser that will not save any footprint what you are doing on your laptop.
Never Share Adult Content – Sharing you adult content is one of the biggest crime that will take you into jail in almost all countries esp if someone complains about your sharing.
Never Save data on your harddisk – Also many users save data on their laptops or computers you should never that to esp pirated data.
Drugs Websites – Addictive Drugs is something very big after pornography. It’s illegal in most of the countries so visiting these website or doing shopping from them can lead you behind bars. These type of website are on radar of different government organization.
Government Banned Website – Government ban lots of website, They ask different IPS to block the website. But people use proxy or other soft wares to watch those website. You may get into trouble if you caught while visiting those website.
Accessing Banned Website in Public Spaces: 90% of the people who have been jailed or caught accessing banned websites has been in public spaces. In case you need to access restricted content – never ever do it in public places – it’s a stupid idea really.
Do let us know in comments if you have ever accessed any restricted content banned in your country? Just Kidding 🙂
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