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Avoid Fines by Saying No to Criminal Activity on Public WiFi

Avoid Fines by Saying No to Criminal Activity on Public WiFi 960 557 Lauren Holden

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If you provide public WiFi from your venue, you’ll need an effective management system to ensure it’s legally compliant.

Say No to Illegal Downloading

The Digital Economy Act 2010, is designed to implement steps to reduce online copyright infringement by end users, such as illegal downloading of copyright material and illegal file sharing; stop illegal downloading and file sharing too – if not, you could be fined up to £50,000, if customers or staff download copyrighted material.

A pub owner allegedly received an £8000 fine recently. The reason? A user downloaded copyrighted material over his open WiFi hotspot. The fact is, you’re at risk if the public are granted un-managed internet access.

You might think this won’t happen to you, but we’ll tell you this: we already receive emails from Internet service providers (ISP), who tell us that illegal activity is occurring on certain networks; they can tell you the IP address, the film they downloaded, and when. What we can then do is track down the person and block them from using the network.

Want to know more? Click here to get in touch and learn how to avoid a fine for your business.

 

Avoid Criminal Activity 

You need to identify who’s using your network, with regards to the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001.

Worldwide authorities track illegal activities by tracing suspicious internet traffic back through the ISP. This is challenging without the proper infrastructure in place. Did you know that anyone can install a wireless access point on their network and say they provide WiFi? However, this is insufficient and could potentially allow users access to your own data.

Data Protection and GDPR

Coming into effect on 25 May last year, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is complex, but if you provide free WiFi, you must only collect personal data when providing a service that your client has requested.

Users must also give their consent to their data being used for its intended purpose, such as for marketing purposes (personal data can include their IP address).

Regardless of Brexit, businesses in the UK still need to comply. It’s also worth knowing that fines can be up to 4% of your turnover if you don’t.

Managing your bandwidth, Smart WiFi is a good idea for businesses; it’ll provide you with a full CRM solution for direct marketing to your customers.

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