Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

I have heard from various sources that your TV detector vans cannot actually detect if someone is watching telly.

Please could you advise if this is the case and disclose any relevant information as to whether these vans are effectively an empty threat or not?

I appreciate that these days through various unlawful methods you could make a reasonable guess as to whether someone was watching iPlayer, but I remain very sceptical in regards of your ability to pinpoint a more traditional TV signal to a specific house.

I eagerly await your reply.

Yours faithfully,

Rupert Tankard

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Mr Tankard


Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.  Your request was received on 29 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 RFI20171144.


Kind regards



Information Rights



BBC Legal

BC2 A5, Broadcast Centre

201 Wood Lane

London W12 7TP



Email: [2][BBC request email]


Tel: 020 8008 2882





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FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Mr Tankard,


Please find attached the response to your request for information,
reference RFI20171144.


Yours sincerely


BBC Information Policy and Compliance

Room BC2 A4

Broadcast Centre

White City


W12 7TS



Website: [1]

Email: [2]mailto:[BBC request email]


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