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The Federal court of justice: armed to the foreign Wi-Fi Signal

Multiple providers allow their customers to go on a foreign, private, Hotspot to Wi-Fi. Consumer advocates see the critical. Why is this a case for the Federal

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The Federal court of justice: armed to the foreign Wi-Fi Signal

Multiple providers allow their customers to go on a foreign, private, Hotspot to Wi-Fi. Consumer advocates see the critical. Why is this a case for the Federal court?

expand All What it is in the case?

in 2016, were customers of Unitymedia in Baden-Württemberg, Hesse and North Rhine-Westphalia-Mail from your Internet provider. The company informed that from that point on, the Wi-Fi routers in the homes of clients a second, separate Signal will be activated. About this Signal other Unitymedia to customers residing in the vicinity, with the Wi-Fi connect.

Unitymedia asked its customers whether they were satisfied. Who wouldn't, could, however, disagree. The goal of Unitymedia: a dense Wi-Fi network in a public space, the customer can log in, in order to save mobile data.

only the customer, even at home on your Router to be a separate Signal switching can Benefit from the Hotspots. According to information from Unitymedia currently has 1.6 million Wifi Spots across routers in private homes.

Offer other providers of similar services?

Yes. What is Unitymedia "wifi spot", - stated in the Telekom "Wi-Fi TO GO" and is a cooperation with the Spanish company FON, which has made a nationwide offer of "Hotspots" throughout the world.

FON teamed up with cooperation partners, in Germany with Telekom. In the case of Vodafone, the competitive offer "home spot is called". Even with these Offers, the following applies: Only those who are his Router for use by others, may also use on-the-go other private Hotspots.

Why criticize consumer advocates offer?

The consumer advice centre of North Rhine-Westphalia, it is good that Unitymedia offers its customers public Hotspots. Bothers you but the fact that the company had switched to the additional Signal "intrinsically powerful" on the Router of the customer.

The Internet provider had not asked its customers whether they were with the separate Wifi Hotspot agree, or this is contractually agreed upon with you. The consumer advocates for "unreasonable harassment" and "aggressive commercial practice" under the law against unfair competition, and called on Unitymedia, therefore, by warning not to do so. Unitymedia is not a saw - it is a legal dispute followed.

How the courts have seen so far?

The regional court of Cologne decided in the first instance, the activation of a separate Wifi Hotspots is "unreasonable harassment". For customers, this means that you would have to deal with involuntarily with the thing, if you do not want to accept the intrusion of the signal.

not more or not more needs to be borne in mind that many people understand the technical processes around Internet access due to the increasing complexity in full. In view of the reporting data Theft or data security, customers are going to be confused also, the thought of a further Signal of your Router significantly.

The higher regional court of Cologne, saw the matter in the second instance is different. Since, customers were able to withdraw at any time the activation of the hotspot, the procedure of Unitymedia not unreasonable harassment.

conversely, the ISP had a legitimate interest in the offer by means of this additional function. And also other Unitymedia customers will have an interest in to Wifi Hotspots in public space. The court of appeal allowed the appeal to the Federal court. The negotiated the case today. A judgment is expected in a few weeks.

rules the terms and conditions of the provider of these separate Wifi Hotspots?

Now, Yes. Unitymedia has formulated in 2017, "special terms and conditions wifi spot". It says in point 4: "The cable network operator is entitled to the the customer-provided Wi-Fi Router in addition to the private wifi interface to a wifi spot to set up and operate (...)

The home spot is technically separated from the private access of the customer. (...) The possibility of the customer, the establishment and operation of a home-spots (to speak...). In this case, his use of wifi spot ends."

The company makes it clear that it is for any law violations that are committed via these Hotspots, in the framework of the laws. "A responsibility of the customer not to do this." Also, Telekom and Vodafone have similar regulations. Before the Federal court of justice, however, to the customers who have completed their agreements with Unitymedia without these conditions to "wifi spots". According to the company, approximately 300,000 to 400,000 customers are affected.

the speed of the own Internet connection?

The vendors promise that customers must not take any loss, if you open your Router for third. So far, no significant number of customers call is known, at least, the complaints about loss of speed. Information about a Speedtest.

Unitymedia promises, for the private Hotspots additional bandwidth to provide what is in the cable network is also possible. In the case of DSL connections, such as the Telekom and Vodafone offer you and their speed is technically limited to third party only the unused bandwidth available, in many cases, the Download is limited speed to 10 Mbit/s. For guest users, this means that you will get in these private Hotspots only unstable Internet connections.

the private network Remains secure?

The action of the consumer based solely on the competition law - it is not a safety issues. Private Hotspots running on the same Router, running on this Router, but as a stand-alone network. While their devices continue to run on the existing network, on the you - as long as it is encrypted and a password is provided - only the self has access to, is isolated of the private Hotspot.

third, the log about it, can not so easily access on their own devices or data, which are connected via the same Router to the Internet.

How safe are private Hotspots?

Private Hotspots behave like an open Wi-Fi: you can be a danger, if the potential attacker to stop in the same network. Who goes to a private Hotspot on the net, you should move there so as in any other open Wi-Fi.

in concrete terms This means: Confidential information, you should not exchange private Hotspots, or at least a secure connection for the data transfer. This is especially a so-called VPN Software which establishes a secure and encrypted connection.

What are the chances of bringing private Hotspots?

Germany is more likely to be equipped sparsely with public Hotspots. While in other countries, many cafes and even bus stops allow access to the Internet, were shops and public institutions in Germany for many years reticent.

The has legal backgrounds: For the Hotspot operator, was in force until 2017, the fault liability, with the help of which you would be liable for violations of the law on the private Internet access liable.

nationwide with private Hotspots could, therefore, resolve, above all, the shortcoming to be able to in Germany only in a few places to go online - especially for the many Smartphone users, the can Hotspots your data volume conserving.

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