[Gllug] Germans are all ISPs

David L Neil gllug at getaroundtoit.co.uk
Tue May 18 21:37:08 UTC 2010

FYI: Interesting development in Germany regarding one's responsibility 
to secure personal WLANs.


"German court orders wireless passwords for all
Users can be fined if a third party takes advantage of an open connection
By Kirsten Grieshaber
updated 10:55 a.m. ET May 12, 2010

BERLIN - Germany's top criminal court ruled Wednesday that Internet 
users need to secure their private wireless connections by password to 
prevent unauthorized people from using their Web access to illegally 
download data.
"Private users are obligated to check whether their wireless connection 
is adequately secured to the danger of unauthorized third parties 
abusing it to commit copyright violation," the court said.
The court also limited its decision, ruling that users could not be 
expected to constantly update their wireless connection's security — 
they are only required to protect their Internet access by setting up a 
password when they first install it."

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