California may mandate Wi-Fi warnings

Thursday, 19 October 2006, 1:00 AM EST

Smart move or silly warning? That’s up for debate: The California Legislature has asked Wi-Fi equipment makers to warn buyers of wireless LAN access points that strangers can tap into a wireless network that isn’t password-protected.

A bill passed by the state Senate in August and slated to become effective in January would require any wireless access point for homes or small businesses to come with a warning. It could be a sticker or a page in the configuration software, for example, but the buyer must be forced to look at the warning before using the device.

At Computerworld.

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