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Why is iPlayer Radio becoming subject to a log-in procedure when no licence is required?

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Wildswimmer Pete

Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

iPlayer Radio will shortly be subject to the requirement that a log-in account will be needed. While I understand this is ostensibly concerned with delivering a tailored service I am concerned that account-holders' log-in details (name, email address etc) will be supplied to Capita Business Services t/a TV Licensing in order to identify non-licensed consumption of BBC television services including iPlayer TV.

I put it to you that the forwarding of iPlayer Radio users' details to TV Licensing would be a serious breach of the Data Protection Act because the radio licence was abolished in February 1971. Accordingly TV Licensing have no right to demand or even hold such details in a database, typically LASSY.

I would propose that iPlayer Radio remain free to access without any form of log-in or password unless there will be a formal legal undertaking that iPlayer Radio users' details will under no circumstances ever be forwarded to Capita Business Services and subcontractors trading as TV Licensing.

Yours faithfully,

Peter Roberts

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Roberts,

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 19th May 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 RFI20170767.

Kind regards,

Information Rights

BBC Freedom of Information
BC2 B6, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TP

www.bbc.co.uk/foi
Email: [BBC request email]

Tel: 020 8008 2882

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FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Mr Roberts

 

Please find attached the response to your request for information,
reference RFI20170767.

 

We apologise for the delay in issuing this response to you and we accept
that we have failed to meet the statutory 20-day deadline on this
occasion; we would also like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by
the delay.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Rights

 

Information Rights, BBC Legal

BCA4, Broadcast Centre

201 Wood Lane

London W12 7TP, UK

 

Website: [1]www.bbc.co.uk/foi

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

Tel: 020 8008 2882

Fax: 020 8008 2398

 

 

 

 

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Mark left an annotation ()

The BBC's Radio services are available without login elsewhere on the Internet:-

https://tunein.com
http://www.radioplayer.co.uk/

J. Jones left an annotation ()

The BBC are breaking the data protection act here, because they should give the user the option of "Not sharing your details with others" EG TV licensing.
A clear breach, but they don't care one bit about the DPA - that is proven.

Peter Jones left an annotation ()

The problem is J. Jones (no relation) is that the BBC is TV Licensing, so arguably they wouldn't be sharing data with any other party.

J. Jones left an annotation ()

Thanks Peter - OK, the BBC share the data with Capita PLC - an outside company - or is it legal, because they have an outsource connection?

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