BBC to deploy detection vans to snoop on internet users – Telegraph.co.uk
Dr Rio said: âThey actually donât need to decrypt traffic, because they can already see the packets. They have control over the iPlayer, so they could ensure that it sends packets at a specific size, and match them up. They could also use directional antennae to ensure they are viewing the Wi-Fi operating within your property.âÂ
Privacy campaigners describedÂ the developments as âcreepy and worryingâ.
A spokesman for Privacy International, the human rights watchdog, said: âWhile TV Licensing have long been able to examine the electromagnetic spectrum to watch for and investigate incorrect usage of their services, the revelation that they are potentially developing technology to monitor home Wi-Fi networks is startlingly invasive.âÂ
A spokesman for TV LicensingÂ said: âWeâve caught people watching on a range of devices, but donât giveÂ details of detection as we would not want to reveal information helpful to evaders.Â
âOur use of detection is regularly inspected by independent regulators.âÂ
The broadcaster included the NAO report in a list of documents that it claimed to have published alongside its annual report last month, but never distributed the review or uploaded itÂ to its website. It has now been placed online by the public spendingÂ watchdog