Discussion in 'privacy general' started by snowdrift, Jul 17, 2009.
Is it illegal to have an unsecured wireless setup in Queensland?
Not yet, but you never know...
So scenario comes up ...
Suspect A has an unsecured network ... Officer investigating Suspect A asks Queensland's finest wifi snoopers to give Suspect A's household the once over ... just to see what is coming out/going in of the internet connection, just out of curiosity, of course
I wonder if they can then use any useful information learned in a court of law.
This wifi snooping has murky boundaries. Normally the police would apply for a tapping warrant to sneak around doing these kind of checks.
I've read about open wifi links being demonised as a tool of the devil.
With criminals from fraudsters, to spammers to child porn downloaders driving around to find them and use them for their criminal activities. If the Police are wasting time and money on this I can bet that's their primary reason behind this. Attempting to shutdown the devil's tools... I suppose if these people really don't know their wifi is open and that could be true of possibly most people than the open wifi owner might be happy with a policeman at their door.
In the UK there are many campaigns to try and get people to open their wifi in an attempt to have free wifi all around cities and towns. Sounds like the Queensland police would have a heart attack over that.
There are a lot of places where there is free Wi-Fi, here in our central park there is free Wi-Fi a lot of restaurants and bars, airport etc.
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