It’s difficult to say this; I’d even go so far as to say that it brings physical tears to my lovely blue peepers – BUT.
It seems that the corporate behemoth that is BT, has paired up with another telecommunication monster, to go head to head with the Con-Dem coalition over the ludicrous ’Digital Economy Act’. BT and TalkTalk challenge Digital Economy Act
They say (quite rightly IMHO ) that the bill was rushed through parliament in the pre-election ‘Wash-up period’, the time just before parliament was dissolved. It was not properly debated, and the implications for enacting this, not properly understood.
Some of you might say “So What!” – and I can see why this would be a valid attitude to have.
But this bill, which is now LAW by the way, places quite a few restrictions on the way that networks are policed and carry data.
Here’s a scenario for you:
Person A (PA) has a wireless network.
It’s quite poorly protected with inadequate security – being a ‘regular’ user of IT, he/she neither knows nor cares about this.
Dodgy Neighbour B (DNB) comes along and realises that the network is in secure and connects – something Person A has no knowledge of.
DNB proceeds to download all sorts of illegal movies, music, games etc. from PA’s network.
Here’s the rub, PA gets into all sorts of legal trouble for something he/she knew nothing about! Up to the point of being cut off from the Internet AND persued through the courts for copyright infringement – potentially costing many £££s in fines.
DNB sits back and enjoys his illegal stuff with a beer…
Expand that to the ‘public’ free wireless networks on trains, in cafés etc. and you can plainly see that these vital business access points will disappear over night with the fear of being abused.
Lets hope that BT and TalkTalk get somewhere and this nasty little law gets revoked as soon as possible; BEFORE the true damage is done and all these regular users of the net end up prosecuted for nothing!
Just another example of our “knee jerk” reactionary government, doing something akin to hitting a walnut with a JCB.
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