Is your WiFi legal?

Offering guests WiFi is great,
make sure you are protected.

Don’t keep your customers waiting

Purple’s WiFi solution is easy to install, easy to integrate, and you don’t need any technical knowledge to get the ball rolling. Within days of placing your order, your venue will have it’s very own social sign-in WiFi service.

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Don’t fall short on security

As a provider of public WiFi, you are responsible for the content your users view and download when using your venues WiFi. You are also responsible for any legal issues that may arise. Businesses are required by law to ‘take reasonable steps’ to identify the individual(s) responsible for illegal activities. The government have four main criterias that public WiFi providers should protect themselves from;

1.Illegal activity via the internet

2.Data retention

3.Data protection

4.Copyright infringement

Become protected with Purple

Purple provides a solution that shields businesses from falling short of legislations affecting their public WiFi.


Illegal activity via the internet

Illegal activity through public WiFi isn’t common but extremely serious. Unfortunately we hear a lot about the darker side of the internet where people use the web to pursue illegal activities like child pornography, hacking and terrorism.

If illegal activity is traced by the police to your broadband account then you (or your business) can be held responsible unless you are able to identify who was using your WiFi at the time of the offence.

Data retention

The Data Retention (EC Directive) Regulations 2009 requires businesses to retain key statistics for 12 months. For public Wi-Fi providers this means you need to securely store data on who used your service and when.

Purple protects businesses by providing secure data storage for the duration of your contract.

Find out more about the Data Retention (EC Directive) Regulations 2009

Data protection

Our portal ensures that when someone logs onto your Wi-Fi they are informed what data is being collected. This information is contained in the terms and conditions of using the Wi-Fi and no one can use the Wi-Fi without accepting the T&Cs. Without this consent no data is obtained.

The data collected by our portal is stored securely and can only be accessed with a password.

Find out more about the Data Protection Act 1998

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Copyright infringement

Copyright infringement is the most common problem faced by providers of public Wi-Fi. Any illegal downloading activity, such as music or films, can be traced to a specific broadband account i.e. yours. With the large number of people using your Wi-Fi it is likely that illegal downloads take place regularly.

Up to 10 years imprisonment

Major copyright holders (e.g. big film and music publishers) are becoming increasingly active in tackling copyright infringement through downloads. They concentrate on accounts with the most activity, so public Wi-Fi providers are particularly vulnerable. Publishers contact the broadband account holder and can pursue them (i.e. you or your business) through the courts under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, as amended by the Copyright and Trade Marks (Offences and Enforcement) Act 2002.
The maximum penalty a magistrate can impose for copyright offences is a fine of up to £5,000 or six months’ imprisonment. More severe cases can be passed to the Crown Court which can inflict unlimited fines and up to 10 years’ imprisonment.

Purple protects your business

Purple helps protect businesses from legal action arising from copyright infringement by identifying who is using your WiFi. Therefore illegal downloads can be traced to the person who did it, rather than the business that provided the facility.