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Thursday
Oct042012

Russia to Tighten Restrictions on Public WiFi?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) -- A Russian government panel thinks it's found the solution to the problem of exposing children to dangerous material online.  
 
In just a few years, ubiquitous, open WiFi has gone from a luxury to an expectation. But the Federal Supervision Agency for Information Technologies and Communications, a Russian government consumer watch panel, is warning that WiFi everywhere may not be good for everyone.

They want WiFi access restricted in public places for children under the age of 18, claiming it's the only way to protect them from harmful information on the Internet.  The new restriction would take effect next year.

Critics, however, are rolling their eyes at the suggestion, pointing out that young people are more than capable of cracking WiFi passwords.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio