Being safe on the internet (was Re: Here we go again - ISP DPI, but is it interception?)

Roland Perry lists at
Tue Aug 3 18:08:06 BST 2010

In article <4C5835C0.9020803 at>, Nicholas Bohm 
<nbohm at> writes
>If the CMA makes it an offence to do the unauthorised (knowingly), and 
>we now know that the only things that give us authority is the use of 
>links provided by the webhost, then the CMA is producing a most 
>unsatisfactory result.  The problem is its inbuilt assumption that 
>there is some easily ascertained distinction between what is authorised 
>and what is not, whereas in many cases it is hard to be sure

My common sense says that if I am unauthorised to view a web page, then 
it will return some kind of error which demonstrates that I have not 
presented valid credentials.

Although I am aware that this falls foul of the Law Enforcement model 
that if you stumble over an unlocked door, that doesn't mean you are 
allowed to open it and go inside. Although I might characterise it more 
as looking through a window where someone has failed to draw the 

I'm sure that risk (passers-by seeing what is on a computer screen) is 
one of those which businesses are advised to pay attention to, by the 
ICO, in their advice about complying with the seventh Data Protection 

I'm also reminded of those council snoopers who are sent round to peer 
inside a house to see if it's really unoccupied (when the owner claims 
an exemption). Or are such expeditions authorised as RIPA surveillance 
these days?
Roland Perry

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