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Tue Oct 6, 2020, 11:23 AM

Five bar and cafe owners arrested in France for running no-log WiFi networks

https://www.zdnet.com/article/five-bar-and-cafe-owners-arrested-in-france-for-running-no-log-wifi-networks/

Five bar and cafe owners arrested in France for running no-log WiFi networks

A 2006 French law says any person who provides internet access must keep access logs for at least one year.

Catalin Cimpanu
By Catalin Cimpanu for Zero Day | October 6, 2020 -- 04:40 GMT (21:40 PDT) | Topic: Security

In one of the weirdest arrests of the year, at least five bar and cafe managers from the French city of Grenoble were taken into custody last week for running open WiFi networks at their establishments and not keeping logs of past connected users.

The bar and cafe owners were arrested for allegedly breaking a 14-year-old French law that dictates that all internet service providers must keep logs on all their users for at least one year.

According to local media reports [1, 2, 3], the bar and cafe owners claimed they were not aware that such a law even existed, let alone that it applied to them as they had not received notifications from their union, which usually sends alerts of industry-wide legal requirements.

Nonetheless, French media pointed out that the law's text didn't only apply to internet service providers (ISPs) in the broad meaning of the word as in telecommunications providers but also to any "persons" who provide internet access, may it be free of charge or via password-protected networks.

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Eugene Oct 6 #1

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Tue Oct 6, 2020, 11:32 AM

1. :groan:

How many small biz wifi operators have a clue about logging requirements?

Looks like overkill where education would be more productive.

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