Sunday, November 06, 2005
Making Wi-Fi Illegal in Westchester County
Aldon Hynes wrote to point out that open Wi-Fi hotspots would be illegal in Westchester County under a proposed new law that could go into effect "early next year." An article in news.com says
Wow. Without this essential legislation
The draft proposal offered this week would compel all "commercial businesses" with an open wireless access point to have a "network gateway server" outfitted with a software or hardware firewall . . . The proposed law has two prongs: First, "public Internet access" may not be provided without a network gateway server equipped with a firewall. Second, any business or home office that stores personal information also must install such a firewall-outfitted server even if its wireless connection is encrypted and not open to the public. All such businesses would be required to register with the county within 90 days.
Let's get behind this progressive legislation right now, before it is too late and our Confidential Data is stolen by Evil Hackers using Open Wi-Fi. Call SUSAN TOLCHIN (914) 995-2932 and LYNNE BEDELL (914) 995-3106 (the contacts listed in County Executive Spano's statement) to express your support for this vital law.
". . . somebody parked in the street or sitting in a neighboring building could hack into the network and steal your most confidential data," County Executive Andy Spano said in a statement.
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