India Looks To Make Open WiFi Illegal

from the overreact-much? dept

In most of the discussions we've had over the years concerning the legalities of open WiFi networks, the issue was whether or not it was legal to access an open WiFi network. Over in India, they're taking a different approach, apparently preparing rules that would outlaw offering an open WiFi network (via Slashdot). This is in response to the recent bombings in India, where officials believe the bombers used open WiFi networks to email each other. That seems like a pretty big overreaction. If it's not open WiFi, the terrorists will come up with other ways to communicate -- and in the meantime you inconvenience everyone else, and make it impossible for those who want to offer open WiFi to do so.
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  1. identicon
    mobiGeek, 18 Sep 2008 @ 5:03am

    Re:

    Email each other, email/chat bomb threats to others...regardless it is communication.

    But, as pointed out, if not WiFi then some other means of communication will be used.

    Why not ban the telephone? Why not ban the Internet altogether? Why not ban plain brown envelopes?

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