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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    scary_wumpus, 15 Mar 2006 @ 12:09pm

    Benjamin Franlin said that any man who would sacrifice freedom for security deserves neither freedom nor security.

    Don't you think that this applies to everything?

    The deal here is that no security is good security.

    Provided Uncle Sam now has access to everything you say, write, and type in your little cubicle, there is no more privacy. There is no more AMerica.

    At this point, we should either fightr back, or put away the Stars & Stripes to make room for the Hammer & Sickle.

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