Why do I need legally compliant guest WiFi?
Poor or slow WiFi is the cause of many customer complaints. However, there are various laws and regulations to consider if your guest WiFi is legally compliant.
You will need an effective WiFi management system that can block peer-to-peer traffic and manage your bandwidth. If you guest WiFi can’t do the following, it is time to upgrade!
Discourage illegal downloading on your WiFi
The Digital Economy Act 2010 is designed reduce online copyright infringement such as illegal downloading and illegal file sharing. You could be fined up to £50,000 for anyone downloading copyrighted material on your internet connection.
A case was reported where a pub owner received an £8000 fine because someone had downloaded copyrighted material over his open Wi-Fi hotspot. This is a perfect reason not to allow the public unmanaged access to your internet.
Discourage criminal activity on your WiFi
Under the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001, you need to be able to identify who is using your WiFi network. This will be very difficult to do without the proper WiFi infrastructure in place. Hackers love unsecured networks and you could be allowing them access to other guest’s data including your own. Authorities will track illegal activities by tracing suspicious internet traffic back through your ISP.
Is your WiFi GDPR compliant?
The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect on the 25th May 2018. Regardless of Brexit, the UK must comply and fines can be up to 4% of your turnover if you don’t.
If you currently provide public Wi-Fi, the terms and conditions of your WiFi service need to be very clear. What data are you are collecting? Why are you collecting the data? What is your intended usage of the data? In addition, your guests will have to op-in to any marketing material. GDPR compliance also requires clear instructions on how to opt-out.
Our managed WiFi service G5Zone™ provides legally compliant WiFi login pages with custom branding or social medial WiFi logins. The Terms and Conditions of our WiFi login pages are compliant with current GDPR regulations. We will continue to update these with any regulation changes.