Scary Detector Vans

10 Aug

The Krypt

The other day, The Telegraph made the bold claim that ‘the BBC is to spy on internet users in their homes by deploying a new generation of Wi-Fi detection vans to identify those illicitly watching its programmes online‘. Try as I might to determine how that would work, the only possible source for this disclosure I could find was a report that was published by the National Audit Office (dated March 2016).

As it turned out, The Telegraph must have jumped to this conclusion after the BBC closed a legal loophole that allowed the watching of iPlayer without a TV licence, and after seeing the following statement within the Audit Office report: ‘TVL detection vans can identify viewing on a non-TV device in the same way that they can detect viewing in a television set‘.
The only way that could be true is if the detection…

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