Legal Aspects of Hotspot Services


Hotspot is a public internet access provided via wireless local area network. Hotels, restaurants, airports, bus terminals, hospitals are some examples of hotspot areas.

Commercial enterprises providing hotspot services to their guests increases every day and hotspots are used by many mobile device users nowadays. Several methods are used by these entities for allowing internet access such as e-mail information, creating profiles or asking for a membership passwords. In many cases hotspot services are offered to guests for free. Many restaurants, hotels and firms in service industry are already offering hotspot service to their customers for free in Turkey.

Prerequisites and permissions demanded under information and communications technologies authority regulations should be identified as well as general law principles of Turkish commercial code and code of obligations in order not face any sanction because of hotspot services.

  • Companies who provide wireless local internet access service for free. They are determined as internet public use providers.
  • Such companies will be required to fulfil certain technical preconditions, registration procedures and to complete permission processes.
  • Regulations on transmitters should also be evaluated as part of ICTA legislation.
  • Companies, which collect personal data (ID Number, telephone number etx.) for hotspot access, should ensure the privacy of personal data and operate in accordance with the applicable legislation.
  • It is a legal requirement to obtain permission from data owners in relation to personal data which may be collected for enabling hotspot access.

Companies need to regulate technical conditions and obligations, arising from applicable legislation no to risk any penalty.

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