Statutory enforcement through the courts on TV licence evasion.

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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

I am making this request for information on enforcement of TV Licence evaders, and those individuals ending up in front of a magistrate on information attained through external TV detector devices.

The information that i have received through official sources is that the TV detector is an external camera that is pointed through a window of a target dwelling.The light being emitted from the television is then reflected back from the dwelling onto the lens of the detector. It has been stated that a television will emit light that the detector can then decode into electrical impulses. This will then confirm if live broadcast signals are being received at the target address.

Can you please confirm if:

1/ This detection method that is being used, can it distinguish between a live broadcast, or an individual using a TV as a computer monitor, or watching a DVD. This question is to confirm Capita 97% confidence factor in confirmation of receiving live broadcasts.

2/ Has the television detection equipment that is in service by CAPITA,(TV Licence) been given regulatory authority or authorization for evidential purposes in any subsequent criminal hearing. If authority has been attained, which government authority has permitted testimony as a result of these devices to be used in criminal proceedings by an employee of TV Licence (Capita)

It is a criminal offence to make a false or misleading statement to a Justice of the Peace or Magistrate under oath. For the avoidance of doubt I am not asking HOW the TV detectors work. I am asking under what statutory authority evidence attained through any detector is permissible in a court of law, and what government authority has given that authority.

The two questions that i have asked are not exempt under sections 31(1)(a),b),d)and(g) and (2)a) of the Act as these are judicial questions being asked, not corporate or sensitive operational reasons. The provision of Article 6 European Convention of Human Rights will take precedent. All UK statutory legislation has to be compatible with convention rights.

Yours faithfully,

Keith Humphries

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Humphries

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 30 August 2013. 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 RFI20131271

Kind regards

The Information Policy & Compliance Team

BBC Freedom of Information
BC2B6, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TP
Email: [BBC request email]

Tel: 020 8008 2882
Fax: 020 8008 2398

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Dear Mr Humphries,


Please find attached the final response to your request for information,
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The Information Policy and Compliance Team


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The fact that the BBC is inspected by an independent body the Office of Surveillance Commissioners - which monitors the BBC’s compliance with legislation regarding detection every three years, and in doing so ensures that the public are not unfairly or unlawfully subject to Detection

So i ask the question, how long has this detection method with a 97% accuracy been in use. Has the office of surveillance commissionaires been given confirmation this detection method is credible. Are they even aware of this latest detection method in use? When was the last time they carried out an audit on the BBC? BY YOUR OWN ADMISSION YOUR ARE ONLY AUDITED EVERY THREE YEARS. it SEEMS ANOTHER FOI REQUEST IS ON ITS WAY