The newspapers and blogosphere have been abuzz with claims that TV Licensing has the ability to detect viewers of on-demand BBC iPlayer content.
Speculation is rife about how the BBC's claimed new technology might work, with several eminent scientists and engineers seizing on the principle of "packet sniffing" as a likely contender.
If true, it means that the BBC's claimed new technology, which undoubtedly cost millions to develop, could be rendered totally useless by an evader using an ethernet cable instead of a wireless connection.
The BBC Press Office has just released a statement, which seeks to clarify the "inaccurate reporting" of TV Licensing's supposed new Wi-Fi detection capabilities.
The statement reads as follows: "There has been considerable inaccurate reporting this weekend about how TV Licensing will detect people breaking the law by watching BBC iPlayer without a licence.
"While we don't discuss the details of how detection works for obvious reasons, it is wrong to suggest that our technology involves capturing data from private Wi-Fi networks."
We'd suggest that the BBC has released this statement out of concern that the public has already learnt too much. It is a damage-limitation exercise - a classic example of the BBC closing the stable door after the horse has bolted, just as it did the other week when it tried to undo the fact it had erroneously released sensitive information.
If, as media reports seem to suggest, TV Licensing's claimed new detection "magic" can be undone with a simple ethernet cable, that truly is an embarrassing state of affairs for the BBC.
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