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Russia to Restrict Access to Public Free WiFi

BY Lisa Goldman | Friday, October 5 2012

Russia's Federal Supervision Agency for Information Technologies and Communications, which is responsible for supervising the Internet for offensive material like child pornography, now wants to limit access to public, free WiFi by banning users under the age of 18.

Russians are very attached to their consumption of online content. In fact, they are the biggest users of Internet in Europe.

It's difficult to imagine the average tech savvy teen not knowing how to circumvent WiFi passwords. But when the law comes into effect, the proprietor of the free Internet access will be legally responsible if it is used by minors.

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