article in ispreview says that "The Scottish Government’s “Cyber Integrator” (cybercrime tzar), Keith McDevitt" is asking people to close their open wifi at home.
He is saying that "There is a danger that a team of officers will come in your door and
seize not only your family’s computers, phones and tablets, but also
your TV if it is connected to the internet. Often the investigation can
take several weeks and even if nothing is found and the person involved
is cleared, there will be a suspicion that lingers on."
This is serious.
The home owner is innocent in such cases.
Offering an open wifi may not be wise for many reasons, but it is not illegal, and some even considering it to be very social and helpful.
This is a threat of nasty things happening to you, seizing your computers and your TV for weeks, and significant inconvenience if you don't change your legal behaviour. It even goes on to suggest "suspicion lingers on", which does not sound right or legal?
This is a threat designed to create fear and even terror.
Assuming the report is right, and Keith McDevitt speaks for them, then this appears to be The Scottish Government threatening terror to change people's legal behaviour.
That is terrorism, plain and simple.
Is that legal? If so, why?
What is happening to this country?
Actually, I think I can answer that - if we are now officially expected to be scared of groundless police intimidation, we are living in a police state.
ISP review do make an important point as well. If you "close" your WiFi, a criminal can still use it (hacking WiFi is not rocket science), and then you have very little defence against groundless accusations by the police. At least with an open WiFi you add huge amounts of "reasonable doubt". But really, we should not be under such threats in the first place.
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