GC Council ditches Facebook login requirement for city’s free Wi-Fi

UPDATE @ March 22, 1.30 PM | CITY of Gold Coast today confirmed that people would no longer have to log into their personal Facebook accounts to access the city’s free Wi-Fi.

Council said in a statement released on Thursday that they were changing the free public Wi-Fi login requirements over safety fears.

“City of Gold Coast has today amended its requirement for free wi-fi users to log in via their Facebook accounts,” they said.


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“The change has come about after Facebook executives today confirmed they had privacy issues with their global site.”

Lifestyle Chair Cr Hermann Vorster said Council would amend the feature on its Wi-Fi so that visitors could access it without having to log in through Facebook.

“Only today, the Facebook CEO has confirmed that he is investigating privacy issues to do with Facebook and how it manages people’s privacy. So if Facebook cannot guarantee the security of its users, it is best Council takes a cautionary approach and removes this feature from our free wi-fi. That is what we are doing right now.

“The change to our wi-fi log in page will be sorted in the next few days, meaning people will be able to access free Council wi-fi in our chosen precincts, without having to log in via Facebook.”

Mayor Tate unveiled the new public Wi-Fi at Broadbeach Mall on Tuesday.

City of Gold Coast says the first release of Wi-Fi is available to everyone within Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise and Broadwater Parklands – all you have to do is turn on your Wi-Fi and connect.

EARLIER @ March 20, 10.30 AM | In exciting news for both locals and visitors, Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate has this morning launched the city’s first ever free Wi-Fi.

Mayor Tate unveiled the new Wi-Fi at Broadbeach Mall on Tuesday, which is set to house around 3000 media workers during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

City of Gold Coast says the first release of Wi-Fi is available to everyone within Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise and Broadwater Parklands – all you have to do is turn on your Wi-Fi and connect!

Mayor Tate says the free Wi-Fi, which has been made possible with 45 kilometers of 864-core fibre installed along the light rail route, would deliver millions in free publicity for the city.

“Visitors will get to enjoy all the Gold Coast has to offer and stay connected to their hometown and families with free Wi-Fi that has the capacity for Skype calls and FaceTime,” Mayor Tate said.

“Not only is the Wi-Fi service free but it’s also fast – really fast. The Wi-Fi will allow users to download and upload photos and movies faster than the average Gold Coast home internet connection.”

To maximise investment and deliver free Wi-Fi at no cost to ratepayers, the City has obtained a carrier licence under the Telecommunications Act 1997 to sell capacity to other carriers.

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