- Cool: The City of Minneapolis has city-wide WiFi.
- Cooler: The City of Minneapolis is offering free WiFi hotspots at selected spots in the city.
- Coolest: It works.
- Uncool: To use the free hot spots, you have to surrender a credit card number.
Would you give up a CC number just to get free WiFi?
- This probably isn’t any worse that handing your card to a waiter at a restaurant.
- I don’t know what else one could request that would provide a bit of verification of a users identity. A drivers license?
- One could simply decide to not care who uses the free hotspots. Our big brothers at the University don’t. They offer free guest wireless with only an e-mail address. For them, email@example.com is an e-mail address.
- It’s entirely possible that the vendor that built and owns the the network is PCI-DSS SAQ-whatever compliant.
I don’t think that I’d give up a card number just to get free WiFi.
I will assert though, that most people will.