Data Protection Act 1998
In addition to the Rentention Regulations, public Wi-Fi providers need to be aware of their responsibilities under the Data Protection Act 1998 which will be activated whenever personal data about someone is processed. The Act controls all use of personal data, including its storage and transmission. The Data Protection Act may require a Wi-Fi provider to register with the Information Office and to obey loads other duties, which includes the duty to taken technical and organisational stands to protect the security of all personal data it processes. This forces a further layer of duty and cost upon public Wi-Fi providers if they are holding personal data. Any failure to comply with the Data Protection Act can result in a fine of up to £500,000.