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Piggybacking refers to accessing a wireless internet connection by bringing one's own computer within the range of another's wireless connection, and using that service without the subscriber's explicit permission or knowledge. It is a legally and ethically controversial practice, with laws that vary in jurisdictions around the world. While completely outlawed in some jurisdictions, it is permitted in others.
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A customer of a business providing hotspot service, such as a hotel or café, is generally not considered to be piggybacking, though non-customers or those outside the premises may be. Many such locations provide wireless internet access as a courtesy to their patrons, either with or without an extra charge, or simply to draw people to the area.
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