THE BBC is set to deploy a fleet of high-tech snooper vans to crack down on viewers watching its programmes online without paying the licence fee.The new Wi-Fi detection vans will be combing the country from next month to monitor internet traffic on private Wi-Fi networks.The Beeb has been given legal dispensation to use the technology, which is normally only available to police and crime fighting agencies, the Telegraph reported.As of September, anyone using iPlayer for catch-up viewing is required to pay the £145.50 licence fee instead of just people watching live programming on television or online.The plans for the new vans were published in a report by the National Audit Office (NAO).The vans have raised fears about invasion of privacy, but the corporation has insisted its inspectors will not be able to spy on the internet habits of viewers.Instead, electrical engineering experts say the most likely surveillance technique would be “packet sniffing”.Packet sniffing involves watching traffic passing over a Wi-Fi network without hacking into the connection or breaking its encryption.Dr Miguel Rio, a computer network expert, told the Telegraph: “Licence-fee inspectors could sit outside a property and view encrypted “packets” of data – such as their size and the… Read full this story
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