The BBC is apparently going to use Wi-Fi detection vans to catch people who don’t pay the TV licence but continue to watch the iPlayer.
The organisation’s new system can establish if someone is watching the online service on a PC, mobile device or laptop, according to the National Audit Office.
It will do this by using data from Wi-Fi networks in private homes.
‘Detection vans can identify viewing on a non-TV device in the same way that they can detect viewing on a television set,’ the report from the National Audit Office said.
The BBC’s TV Licensing will start using the vans from September after receiving special permission.
It will coincide with the introduction of the £145.50 TV licence fee for the use of the BBC iPlayer.