In Beijing, a Promise Of 480,000 Free Hotspots That Also Monitor All Consumer Activity

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Residents of Beijing, China, are expected to get 480,000 free wifi hotspots, according to this article in The Register. Using the hotspots will require a mobile number and an agreement to have your activities tracked and monitored, though officials say the data won’t be sold off to private companies. Also, free access is only being offered until the end of 2014, meaning users in China will be expected to eventually pay for access and get tracked at every turn.

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.