BT Wifi turns off SSL for Google Search!?
richard at clyne.org
Wed Mar 26 11:37:19 GMT 2014
O2 Wifi do this as well and I’d guess The Cloud do as well. My guess is that there could be liability issues if a shop offered public wifi and didn’t block some types of pages and hence these services block.
On 25 Mar 2014, at 16:41, Smylers <Smylers at stripey.com> wrote:
> William Blunn writes:
>> I was just using Google over BT Wifi when I noticed a little yellow
>> box in the corner
>> "SSL search is off
>> This network has turned off SSL search, so you cannot see
>> personalised results.
>> The security features of SSL search are not available. Content
>> filtering may be in place.
>> Learn More | Dismiss"
> Thanks for the tip-off. I also saw that this morning on BT Wifi, but I
> probably wouldn't have realized what it meant without having already
> read your message explaining it.
>> It transpires that Google provides a service to assist network admins
>> in turning off SSL access to Google Search. WTF!?
> It's amusing that the people get most upset about Google using SSL for
> searches are SEO ‘experts’, who apparently deem the lack of Referer:
> header that comes with that to be some kind of breach of their human
>> It seems that BT Wifi have decided to implement this for their
>> customer-facing network. ... The point is that BT Wifi are
>> deliberately meddling in something that's not their place to meddle
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