- Your Internet Service Provider’s (ISP) terms and conditions
Are you allowed to use the service for public access? If you have a residential service (usually because it is cheaper), you are NOT allowed to offer this to your customers for their use.
- Your liabilities
Did you know you may be liable if someone using your WIFI does something illegal?
Unless you have taken all reasonable precautions, you may be liable for damage caused by hacking or malware attacks to your customers’ equipment.
If you have a car park, we bet there is a sign saying “Parking is at your own risk”. We recommend you put up signs in your business to say, basically, the same thing about using the internet connection you are making available. Even better, a clear message on the log in screen, if you use one. Fines have been issued of over £8,000 in the last few years.
- Your statutory legal obligations
Did you know there are currently three pieces of legislation you need to be aware of:
- The Digital Economy Act of 2010;
- The Data Retention Regulations of 2009; and
- The Data Protection Act of 1998.
There is likely to be more legislation coming out soon.
This legislation covers the following issues:
- Copyright infringement – you need to take steps to prevent access to copyrighted material
- Your need to be able to identify users of the public WIFI service you provide
- Data protection requirements and the data you keep