Requests for information about television licensing under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
The BBC regularly receives requests for information about TV Licensing under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“FOI Act”). This section sets out the answers to some of the frequently asked questions. If you are considering making a FOI request, please first check whether the information you are seeking is available below.
The BBC’s FOI Act website also contains information about TV Licensing and includes copies of FOI responses considered of wider interest in the disclosure logs. Please note that some of the information here and on the BBC’s FOI website is publicly accessible elsewhere, including under the BBC’s Publication Scheme.
While the BBC aims to be as open as possible, we are not required to make all information about TV Licensing publically available. Some information requested under the FOI Act may be withheld where an exemption is applicable.
The exemptions commonly applied to TV Licensing information are section 31, Law Enforcement and section 43(2), Commercial Prejudice.
Section 31 is relevant where disclosure of the information would prejudice the prevention or detection of crime.
Section 43(2) is relevant where disclosure of the information would prejudice or would be likely to prejudice the commercial position of the BBC or any other person.
Both of these exemptions are ‘qualified’ exemptions and subject to a public interest test. This means that the BBC can only apply the exemptions to information when we are satisfied that the public interest in withholding the information outweighs the public interest in disclosing it.
General information on the use of exemptions under the FOI Act is available here.
The information available in this section has been divided into the following areas.
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Under the Data Protection Act 1998 you have the right to inquire of any organisation whether they hold your personal data, and to see a copy of that information. If you would like details of the information held about you by TV Licensing, then you will need to make a Subject Access Request and pay a £10 fee. Data protection enquiries relating to information held by TV Licensing can be made to the Data Protection Manager, TV Licensing, Darlington, DL98 1TL.
Like the right to information under the FOI Act, the right under the Data Protection Act is subject to exemptions which may affect our ability to supply information; each case will be dealt with on an individual basis.
If you are requesting personal information about other people or an address that is not your own, please note that we are not able to disclose this information to you. To do so would be in breach of the Data Protection Act.