Security and legal

Legal and security implications of offering public WiFi

Businesses which give out their WiFi password are putting their network at risk and ideally should provide a separate and secure system for guest WiFi. Purple not only provide a secure login process but also separates the business WiFi from the guest WiFi, thus protecting your private network and EPOS systems.

There are also various obligations of being a public WiFi provider, which may vary slightly country by country across the globe.

Data protection

Public WiFi providers need to be aware of their obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998, whenever personal data is collected or processed about individuals. Purple stores this data in line with the requirements of the act and are registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office.


Data retention

The Data Retention (EC Directive) Regulations 2009 assists in the prevention and detection of organised crime and terrorism. It is best practice for service providers to retain certain communications data. Purple stores this data in line with the requirements of the regulation on secure third party Amazon web servers.

Illegal online activity

The Digital Economy Act 2010 targets online copyright infringement by end users, covering illegal or inappropriate downloading and file sharing. Purple helps you to prove that you have taken steps to try to prevent copyright infringement, as users have to both register and accept terms and conditions which cover inappropriate use. Content filtering is also available as an additional license.