Dear WiFi equipped public locations
We know you own the connection so are free to do as you wish with it, but in the interests of convenience, privacy and security, can you please stop requiring people to ‘signup’ for access. IE, request name, email and sometimes a phone number. You know full well people will use fake information, and if you demand legitimate data, you are going to lose some customers.
We don’t expect to give up our privacy when travelling on business or pleasure.
For example, McDonald’s use O2 and demand the customer’s mobile number. This is creepy and should be deterred.
How about businesses simply give out a WiFi password that is changed every so often to stop people nearby misusing the signal, like they used to do?
Fight back club: If you have a mobile signal, tether you device (laptop etc) to your phone or boycott the establishment.