with Keiran & Eraina Mckenzie
By Finlo Rohrer (BBC News Magazine 23/08/07)
A man has been arrested after being spotted allegedly sitting in a street with a laptop using someone else’s unsecured wireless connection.
But is this really immoral..?
The man arrested in a street in west London is the third person to be accused of breaching the Communications Act 2003 by taking internet service without permission.
In the olden days people had norms about whether you were able to pick apples from someone else’s tree. But yet many people would be outraged to find someone nicking their wireless.
Philosopher Julian Baggini can’t see what all the fuss is about. “…Casual and occasional use while travelling is a bit like reading your book from the light coming out from someone’s window.” He states, “I’ve done it and I don’t put a password on my own connection. For all I know that’s what someone’s doing now.
Barry Fox, contributing editor for Europe Consumer Electronics Daily, finds it hard to see how a non-invasive use of someone else’s signal is a serious crime. “Are they going to prosecute someone who stands outside a bakery warming their hands? It is like watching someone else’s firework display.”
What do YOU think about using someone elses wireless?… is it wrong? Have you done it before? How did you feel?... Please comment.