May 27, 2022

In the UK, Cafes and Libraries May Have to Store Wi-Fi Users’ Data Under New Snooping Laws

From The Guardian:

Coffee shops running Wi-Fi networks may have to store internet data under new snooping laws, Theresa May has said.

Small-scale networks such as those in cafes, libraries and universities could find themselves targeted under the legislation and forced to hand over customers’ confidential personal data tracking their web use.”


During nearly two hours of questioning by the joint parliamentary scrutiny committee on her bill, the home secretary revealed that small-scale internet providers would not be excluded from the requirement to store their customer’s internet records for up to 12 months.

“I do not think it would be right for us to exclude any networks,” she told MPs and peers. “If you look at how people do their business these days, it is on the move.”

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.