Are you liable for illegal actions on your open WiFi?

According to the Communication Decency Act, as long as you are legally sharing your WiFi, then the answer is “no”. This is based on the fact that you are technically providing a service to someone else knowingly. But, here’s the catch that most people do not realize when using residential services and opening up their WiFi:
In your ISP contract, it probably states that you CANNOT legally share your connection with members outside of your household. Meaning, neighbors piggybacking is a “no-no” and can at best case get your service disconnected and at worst, a lawsuit and perhaps a fine.
Be careful of what you share and how you share it, and as long as you read all of the fine print, you “should” be okay.
Via TechDirt

  • One of my brothers is a tech for one of the local ISPs and he tells all sorts of interesting tales of neighbors having WIFI problems: things like next door neighbors who don’t know they’re using each other’s access or certain houses that access the neighbor’s WIFI in one end of the house and their own WIFI in the other end of the house.
    He spends a lot of his time showing them how to secure their systems then the next door neighbor calls up wanting to know why suddenly their WIFI isn’t working. Turns out it was never plugged in and they were on the neighbor’s WIFI all along.

  • One of my brothers is a tech for one of the local ISPs and he tells all sorts of interesting tales of neighbors having WIFI problems: things like next door neighbors who don’t know they’re using each other’s access or certain houses that access the neighbor’s WIFI in one end of the house and their own WIFI in the other end of the house.
    He spends a lot of his time showing them how to secure their systems then the next door neighbor calls up wanting to know why suddenly their WIFI isn’t working. Turns out it was never plugged in and they were on the neighbor’s WIFI all along.