Sharing iPlayer data wih TV Licensing

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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

Users of BBC iPlayer will soon need to register to enjoy content. Your website says:

"We share some of your personal data with TV Licensing to check if you are using BBC iPlayer and to keep their database up to date."

Please could you tell me:

1.) Exactly what data 'may' be shared and what data 'will' be shared with TV Licensing?
2.) Please can you clarify why you'd need to check with TV Licensing to see if a user is using BBC iPlayer? This might just be badly worded, as it seems to suggest that TV Licensing is much more in control of iPlayer than users might expect. Or it could mean "so TV Licensing can keep their database up to date." Please clarify.
3.) Will the data shared with TV Licensing include the users I.P. (internet protocol) address?
4.) Will I.P. data be used to verify if that location has a TV Licence?
5.) IP data could be used to built a database that tracks the movements of an iPlayer user as they access content at different physical locations. What does the BBC plan to do with this IP data and how long will it be stored before being deleted?
6.) Can users opt out of their information being shared with TV Licensing without losing access to BBC iPlayer?
7.) What consideration has the BBC given to the fact that the current TV licence database is made up predominately of addresses, and that to massively increasing the database to include individual iPlayer users may be unnecessarily costly to licence fee payers for very little return?
8.) Did the idea or request to share this data with TV Licensing come from TV Licensing?
9.) What protections or provisions are in place for the sharing with TV Licensing of iPlayer data of children and young people aged under 18?

Yours faithfully,

Mr D. Donald

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Donald,

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as detailed in your email below. Your request was received on 4 July 2017.  We will deal with your request as promptly as possible, and at the latest within 20 working days. If you have any queries about your request, please contact us at the address below.

The reference number for your request is RFI20170969.

Kind regards,

Information Rights

BBC Freedom of Information
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Dear Mr Donald


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Yours sincerely



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