Unsecured wifi might be contributory negligence

Roland Perry lists at internetpolicyagency.com
Thu Feb 16 12:57:28 GMT 2012

In article <4F3CEFB0.1050906 at ernest.net>, Nicholas Bohm 
<nbohm at ernest.net> writes
>It seems to need restating from time to time that you are not legally
>liable (civilly or criminally) for what third parties do with things
>that you own or control (unless you have actively aided or abetted them,
>or conspired with them, etc).
>E.g. if you leave a ladder in your garden and a burglar uses it to
>burgle your neighbour, you are not in breach of any duty of care because
>you failed to secure the ladder.
>The same applies to Wi-Fi routers.

To continue the analogy, one problem is that your fingerprints will be 
all over both the ladder and the communications from your wi-fi router.

We are still at the early stages of forensic analysis of communications, 
and there is still a tendency to think that the wi-fi owner is guilty 
(of whatever infraction has his fingerprints on it) until proved 
Roland Perry

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