Starbucks on Dangerous Grounds with WiFi Policy

Barb Wire

Starbucks and McDonalds filter their coffee — but not their WiFi.

Despite more than 46,000 petitions, the two businesses refuse to block pornography from their free Internet service. And in some stores, the access is already costing them.

In December, detectives arrested a man in Oregon for downloading child porn at the Starbucks hotspot. And that’s just one report of people using the free Internet to traffic children or solicit them for sex.

An organization called Enough Is Enough pressuring Starbucks and McDonalds to do what Chick-fil-A and Panera already do: filter out pornography from their feeds.

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“It’s about limiting the safe haven that open WiFi creates for sexual predators,” the coalition of 75 organizations, including FRC, argues.

Although both companies received the call to action, they aren’t heeding it.

In statements, they said they appreciated the feedback and would take the suggestion “under advisement.”

If customers want to click over to the dark world of pornography, let them do it on their own dime. Happy Meals and child porn should not be the new norm.

To sign the petition, click over to the EnoughIsEnough website.

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Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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