UK Laws?

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Postby izzy4505 » Thu Feb 22, 2007 5:10 am

I'm traveling to England and Scotland this weekend for a week and a half long trip. While I'm there, I hope to do some warwalking and what not, but I just realized that there may be some laws against that kind of thing over there. Does anyone know what the laws in the UK say about wardriving?

I was also trying to find a way to check e-mail here and there. I hear that there are internet cafes scattered about everywhere. Are there a number of free networks, or are they mostly pay nets? How about "open" networks, are they considered to be open for public use if they are not encrypted, or is it kinda like it is in the US where all nets are assumed to be private unless said so?

Thanks in advance.
Brad Isbell
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Postby Dutch » Thu Feb 22, 2007 9:19 am

I'm traveling to England and Scotland this weekend for a week and a half long trip. While I'm there, I hope to do some warwalking and what not, but I just realized that there may be some laws against that kind of thing over there. Does anyone know what the laws in the UK say about wardriving?
Wardriving is not a crime. Connecting to networks you aren't authorized to use, is a crime. No different than from the US.
I was also trying to find a way to check e-mail here and there. I hear that there are internet cafes scattered about everywhere. Are there a number of free networks, or are they mostly pay nets?
Most hotspots in airports, etc are pay for use. If you have a Boingo account, you can often use that with the british hotspot operators such as BT Openzone.
OTOH several coffeshops and cafés in the larger cities, offer free WiFi access to their patrons.
How about "open" networks, are they considered to be open for public use if they are not encrypted, or is it kinda like it is in the US where all nets are assumed to be private unless said so?
See first reply above. The UK has allready had atleast one successfully prosecuted case, where a person utilized an unencrypted AP, without permission. http://www.netstumbler.org/showpost.php ... stcount=10
Thanks in advance.
You're welcome, Brad, and have a good vacation.

Dutch
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Postby uhtu » Thu Feb 22, 2007 11:06 pm

watch out for "haggis" ;-)

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