Local Politicians Say Open WiFi Should Be Illegal

from the seems-a-bit-extreme dept

It's quite well known that there are security issues with WiFi networks, but there are ways to take precautions and make yourself pretty safe. As education gets better, it the security risks shouldn't be as big a deal. However, some local politicians in Westchester County, NY have decided to go a step further. According to Guy Kewney, Westchester's County Executive is proposing a law that would basically outlaw open WiFi from any commercial business. As Kewney points out, in the description of the "problem" it appears that the politicians are a bit confused about the actual problem, mixing up a few different issues related to WiFi and security. Obviously, it's a good idea to encourage commercial WiFi providers to make their networks more secure -- but does it really need a law? Update: To clarify, since there's some confusion, by "open WiFi," we mean unsecured WiFi. They're not saying businesses can't offer WiFi, but that it has to include security. But, the examples the politicians give are all just about regular open WiFi access points.

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    J to the A, 4 Nov 2005 @ 9:56am

    Re: Come on people... READ.

    I don't need any laws from the government to keep my credit card safe. I need stupid people to pay for leaking my information. This would also force people who setup wireless access points for places like restaurants to make darn sure the place knows the vulnerabilities. Sure I'm savvy and I know how to secure my wireless, but the swbell (2wire) guy that installed the dsl never said one word to us before he left, and left an open wireless hub right on our network. If I had left that open, and a hacker got CC number, you bet I should be sued, and you better belive that I would turn right around and sue swbell. We don't need a law, we just need better accountability.

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