[funsec] Hasn't the LA Times and Humphrey Cheung ever heard of the Electronics Communications Privacy Act?

Matthew Murphy mattmurphy at kc.rr.com
Sat Apr 28 15:57:15 CDT 2007


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On Apr 28, 2007, at 1:39 PM, Adam Jacob Muller wrote:

> What if Starbucks put WEP (or WPA) on, but hung a sign with the key?
>
> Does (or should) that still fall under section 1?
>
> -Adam

ECPA would be satisfied because the communication is encrypted.  The  
act doesn't contain any provisions limiting the disclosure of the key.

Ironically, it might be found under Section 632 that a "reasonable  
expectation of confidentiality" did not exist, because the encryption  
key was on the door.  However, if that sign contained phrasing  
similar to:

"Wireless network is provided for customer use only.  Joining our  
wireless network or utilizing the access key provided here represents  
an agreement not to use the network for any illegal purpose and to  
respect the privacy of other network users.  Interception of network  
traffic is expressly prohibited, and may be a violation of state and  
federal law."

Then the obligation of users not to sniff the network, which was  
established by their use of the key to associate with the wireless  
LAN, is probably sufficient to establish an expectation of privacy  
under 632 as well.


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