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BBC iPlayer: Spying ruled out as licence loophole shut

By Laura Harding

Published 02/09/2016

The TV Licensing authority has said it is confident that
The TV Licensing authority has said it is confident that "most people will simply obey the law" and stressed that it would not implement "mass surveillance techniques" to monitor those using the BBC iPlayer

The TV Licensing authority has said it is confident that "most people will simply obey the law" and stressed that it would not implement "mass surveillance techniques" to monitor those using the BBC iPlayer.

Yesterday, a loophole that allowed viewers to catch up with shows on BBC iPlayer was closed, meaning that anybody wishing to use the on-demand service must now confirm they have a TV licence.

Previously, only live content streamed on the service was covered by the £145.50-a-year licence fee, while those watching shows on catch-up could do so free of charge.

It had not previously been disclosed how the TV Licensing body would implement the changes in legislation, although there were rumours of snooping on people's TV-viewing habits via private wi-fi connections.

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