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Author: Kerry Sutcliffe

Squire Patton Boggs

Newsflash: August 2014 Update on Data Retention Obligations in the European Union In January 2014, we published an article informing readers about the data retention obligations in Europe. You can read our article here. Now, due to a recent decision of the European Court of Justice, the law in this area is in a state…

What's in store for the future of point collecting?

Everybody loves a good deal! Many of us will admit to carrying several loyalty cards around with us to make sure we get access to some of the best deals. But in today’s society we are used to getting everything fast – it’s a world of instant gratification. Point collecting may now seem like a…

Purple WiFi in the City of York

What is the service provided? A super fast and free WiFi service has launched in key areas of the City of York, including the strategic transport hubs, enabling better connectivity for residents and visitors alike. The service is secure, legal and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The WiFi is content filtered…

Global trends in public WiFi: WBA infographic and report

The vision of WBA chairman JR Wilson is evolving the agenda with his personal mantra ‘everything standardised, everything connected’. He suggests the whole industry is now aligning with the same unity of debate around three pillars: seamlessness, security and interoperability. To establish this vision the urgent challenges he highlights are: Stronger participation from the device…

Secure or not secure public WiFi. That is the question.

How do you tell if the public WiFi on offer is secure or not secure? Open WiFi Access – what is it and why is it bad? Currently there are many businesses out there (over 90% according to our survey) which have open WiFi access. This is not secure. WiFi encryption secures your wireless internet….

Exploring privacy issues as a public WiFi provider

With the proliferation of WiFi enabled devices, data usage and surge in internet connectivity worldwide, and the predictions of how everything from our refrigerators to our cars will soon be connected to the internet, the ‘privacy debate’ is becoming more important than ever. With shocking personal data thefts being reported like the epic hacking of…

Purple WiFi completes Cisco IVT (Interoperability Verification Testing)

Purple WiFi are delighted to announce that their Guest and Social WiFi and Presence and Location based services solutions have successfully completed Cisco IVT with Cisco WLAN Controllers. Cisco IVT (Interoperability verification testing) means that both teams at Cisco and Purple WiFi have worked together to simulate typical customer configurations and test them thoroughly. Purple WiFi…

Can WiFi relieve the pressure on mobile networks? The data mountain

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt says that “we create as much information every two days as we did from the dawn of civilisation up to 2003”. Schmidt also comments that the real issue contributing to the data mountain is the amount of user-generated content due to social media websites. Developing, sharing and consuming content has become…

Guest WiFi Risks

It’s a little known fact outside of the land down under that WiFi is an Australian invention. The Australian Government’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) invented and patented wireless LAN technology in the 1990s. Today, WiFi is nearly ubiquitous in Australia as households and businesses use the technology to allow maximum mobility and…

Channel 4 News features Purple WiFi

Our CEO, Gavin Wheeldon and I had a busy day out of the office last week filming with Channel 4 News.  Having read about what we do within the retail sector, one of the programme’s journalists wanted to come and see Purple WiFi in action, for himself.   So, we decided to invite them to visit…

Pitch @ Palace

Purple WiFi has reached the final shortlist for Pitch @ Palace, an opportunity for innovative regional start-ups to showcase their talent. The event is backed by Prince Andrew, The Duke of York. Pitch @ Palace will be held at St. James’ Palace, London in early April. Shortlisted businesses (like us!) will be given the opportunity…

Is Facebook in decline?

Is Facebook in decline? We keep reading that  young people prefer Snapchat, WhatsApp, Instagram and Twitter to Facebook these days. Apparently if you use Facebook you are ‘officially old and uncool’.  Or so a recent report  tells us.  This Global Social Media Impact study suggests that the reason for teenagers apparently leaving the site in…

Why should businesses use social media?

Media influences opinion… …there is no doubt about that.  But do we mindlessly follow what is presented to us?  Some media researchers used to argue that what we watch and read is fed into us like a syringe and there is little we could do to stop it.  Then along came social media. Audiences are…

Admiral Taverns rolls out free WiFi

Social WiFi provider, Purple WiFi, has been selected by Admiral Taverns as a supplier of WiFi solutions for its pub estate. The service will enable customers to login for free but will also deliver valuable analytical data back to the individual pubs, around customers’ online activity and profile, allowing much more targeted and relevant promotions…

Guest WiFi Risks

(Important Note added on 14 July 2014: The EU law in this area is currently undergoing change and this blog post requires updating to reflect the current circumstances. We will be re-publishing with the up to date legal information as soon as possible.) The need to allow access to public communications data, for the purposes…

Guest WiFi Risks

According to Clare Boothe Luce, “No good deed goes unpunished.”  Today, business owners fear that this aphorism may apply to the good deed of providing open guest WiFi to their customers.  While answers may vary around the globe, in the U.S. the rewards appear to outweigh the risks.  Indeed, numerous fast food restaurants and coffee…

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