German court orders wireless passwords for all

Germany's top criminal court ruled Wednesday that Internet users need to secure their private wireless connections by password to prevent unauthorized people from using their Web access to illegally download data.

Internet users can be fined up to euro100 ($126) if a third party takes advantage of their unprotected WLAN connection to illegally download music or other files, the Karlsruhe-based court said in its verdict.

"Private users are obligated to check whether their wireless connection is adequately secured to the danger of unauthorized third parties abusing it to commit copyright violation," the court said.

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Syko4766d ago

Damn all the Tech and Video Game news makes Germany sound like a place I would barely want to visit and never stay more than a few days...Ironic that they will toss your ass in jail for saying or displaying Nazi stuff, but the Government is basically imposing Nazi style control.