- "The law requires us to know who is using our wifi"
What are you doing that you dont want to use your real name?
To be completely honest here Junkyard is not my real name 😉
Really not sure why you care tbh- is there an actual reason?
EDIT: Sorry that is not meant to sound dismissive is there some security or data storage or other reason that you are concerned?Posted 3 years ago
Think it technically is the law (an EU one). UK seemed to bend over more than many countries. Some went from totally open to selling wifi tokens. Some have gone back to completely free again (Austrian, Dutch and Italian hotels certainly – they probably hide the cost in the room cost, and just log everyone as checking in as “was given internet access”).
edit: if it’s a login page that’s going to send me an SMS and/or pay, then in general I don’t bother. If it’s an email only, I’ll use an alt.Posted 3 years agokennypSubscriber
Mods, can we get this thread deleted? Most of us are perfectly law abiding people but if criminals and this and word gets round that it’s easy to use a false name online then the whole integrity of the Internet could be undermined. Bit irresponsible of the OP to suggest it I’d say.Posted 3 years ago
is there some security or data storage or other reason that you are concerned?
If there is, he needs a VPN or he’s an idiot and breaking his company rules.
I always thought identifying yourself was in case you used the network to do anything dodgy. If you’ve ‘logged in’ then the shop can show that whatever bad thing was done by a customer and not them.Posted 3 years ago
DRac are you tring to send me a Birthday present 😉
I missed the DOB part and I retract my point 😳
I regularly [ for work and personally ] give my e-mail and phone though – the later being sent a pin code to access the service.
Actually I am not sure why I care about giving my DOB but for some reason i doPosted 3 years agoohnohesbackMember
So says the connection page of a a well known national coffee chain. So with a pseudonym, DOB, and an invented postcode I managed to connect without blurting my personal details.
It’s all bollo actually. The coffee shop next door allows you to connect without this hassle but theirs was down, leaving me no alternative but to use this network. McDo also asked for my personal info citing the same reason when I tried a walk-by wurdling there, and ASDA go a step further by wanting your mobile number.
If this is a straw in the wind I’ll need to create a few more alternate personas.Posted 3 years agojunkyard wrote:
Actually I am not sure why I care about giving my DOB but for some reason i do
Personally I work on the principle that the less I give away any of my personal details the better, which is why I also have several working e-mail addresses without any link to my real self.Posted 3 years agobrassneckSubscriber
I always thought identifying yourself was in case you used the network to do anything dodgy. If you’ve ‘logged in’ then the shop can show that whatever bad thing was done by a customer and not them.
This. We make visitors to our offices make similar registration to use the internet access (which is still filtered anyway).Posted 3 years ago
It doesn’t stop people making stuff up but it does demonstrate you at least tried I suppose. You’re not supposed to use someone elses birth certificate for proof of identity either, but that happens often enough.
Why does it matter if Starbucks know I go there?
I have a loyalty card, but I don’t receive any emails except to give me my free drinks.
It doesn’t stop people making stuff up but it does demonstrate you at least tried I suppose.
Exactly – they probably don’t care if someone hacks into the Pentagon from the Starbucks round the corner, but they don’t want to be held liable for any part of it, so they shift the blame from them to you – as in, we asked you fair and square and you are the one who lied.Posted 3 years agoCountZeroMember
Don’t go into well known coffee chains. Use your mobile phone as a mobile Wifi device.
Both of those are sometimes not an option.Posted 3 years ago
I always use a small, independent coffee shop in town, which doesn’t have wifi. The O2 shop the other side of the passageway into the precinct has free wifi, but it’s a) very low powered, and drops out with annoying regularity, and b), is annoyingly nanny-ish, censoring websites for seemingly random reasons.
I was therefore delighted to discover that Natwest Bank, the other side of the high street, has a much more powerful wifi, that doesn’t come over all nanny-state, and didn’t require any more personal info than most other free wifi sources.
Worth checking to see if there’s a handy branch nearby.
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