Germany wants to limit liability of providers of public Wi-Fi networks

May

12

2016

The German government wants a change in legislation to end the so-called Störerhaftung, whereby providers of public Wi-Fi networks are liable for the actions of users. Therefore, there can be found in Germany but little public hotspots.

The amendment firms and individuals must have the same limitation of liability as ISPs, so they can not be held liable for third party Internet behavior. The change is part of the revision of the German Telecommunications Act, and came about after a long negotiation, so writes Spiegel. It is intended that the new rules in the autumn already be in effect.

The modification, for example, makes it possible to provide a hot spot without a password or captive portal. The Störerhaftung made according to the newspaper that received many private Wi-Fi providers reminders, for example, illegally downloaded music or movies. This led, among other things that the Dutch were on holiday in Germany, for example, at a hotel a movie illegally took it later by the landlord of their stay to have been spoken .

The liability principle of Störerhaftung came in March under attack by the Opinion of Advocate General Maciej Szpunar in a case before the European Court of Justice. In it he argued that providers of public Wi-Fi networks are not liable for the actions of third parties. In 2010, a German court determined that suppliers are required to secure their networks.

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