Most of those Wi-Fi networks who request personal data do so with the intention of using it for marketing purposes. Some provide users with the choice to receive information, perhaps via electronic newsletters, but others offer no choice at all during the sign-up process – the only choice is to not use the service.
When connecting to a Wi-Fi network users should read the information given by the provider. This should describe why the provider want the user’s personal data.
Users should be aware that there are security risks with using the internet in a public place. Almost all Wi-Fi providers operate in an ‘open’ mode, which means that traffic is not encrypted. This means that there is a risk that anyone else connected to the same network could intercept other users traffic.
This article is intended for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal advice.
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