Germany proposes changes to Wi-Fi providers liability

Thursday 17 September 2015 | 16:24 CET | News
The German government adopted a draft bill withdrawing the liability of providers of WLAN hotspots. Due to the current legal situation, in which the providers are held responsible for any legal infringements by users of the networks, Germany is only in the international mid-range in terms of the availability of public WLAN spots. Under the proposed legislative change, service providers would no longer need to assume liability and can reject liability for any legal infringements of third parties, meaning they are not exposing themselves to potential penalties. The provider must secure the network sufficiently and must obtain agreement from the customer that they will not commit any legal infringements.

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