Public WiFi and the law – Why you should provide legally compliant public WiFi.


Is your public WiFi Legally compliant?


Any venue, be it a retailer, coffee shop, a pub, cinema or hotel/B&B that provides public WiFi access are bound by the Data Protection Act, the European Directive for Data.

Legally compliant WiFi


Retention Regulations 2009, the Code of Practice (Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001), Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 and Digital Economy Act 2010 and must provide legally compliant public WiFi.


It is essential that these legal requirements are complied with. If a venue supplies public WiFi then Under the above directives, certain types of data are required to be retained necessary to identify end users accessing the Internet. The type of data to be retained is traffic data and location data which can trace the source of a communication.



Being legally compliant


The Home Office would expect such data to be retained for a period of 12 months. The purpose of maintaining this data is to assist intelligence and law enforcement agencies such as the police in their investigation of criminal and terrorist activities.

It is essential your WiFi provider provides legally compliant public WiFi protection out of the box.

Additionally another potential problem is that of content filtering, too often venues supply public WiFi that does not filter out the worst of the web that is then accessible to any user, regardless of age in a public place.

Airangel WiFi (Akero hotspots) not only complies with the regulatory requirements but contains Family Friendly filtering so venue owners can rest assured they are offering an essential service safely, legally and productively.

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