Why does the BBC need my personal info?
In her ‘BBC Brilliant Web Tools’ Cover Feature in Issue 510 Jane Hoskyn says that “on balance, were fine with” having to sign in to use the BBC’S iplayer. I for one think that the BBC has gone far beyond what is needed to ensure only those with a licence are able to access its programmes.
While I have no objections to giving the BBC my licence number and address, I fail to see why it also needs my name and age (the licence after all applies to the dwelling and all its residents, not just the person who pays for it). It is yet another organisation requiring all the information it can get hold of about us without any real justification.
Why does the BBC need our ages? It lets them bar adults from sites intended for children. But we could provide a fictitious age. However, if the BBC can check whether ages provided are genuine, why do we need to give them at all? Can’t we simply state that we are over eighteen?
We don’t need a TV licence to listen to radio, so why do the same restrictions apply to iplayer Radio? Surely the BBC could implement a method whereby we don’t need to sign in. They could then (if they have to) insist we sign in should we want to contribute to a forum, or perform another activity such as syncing. I.M. Williams