In today's post we respond to an email received from one of our readers.
Our reader writes:
Dear TV Licensing Blog,
I live in a suburban semi and I don't get on very well with my next door neighbour. For the last year I've been living without a television and I keep getting TV Licensing letters pushed through my door. I have taken advice from your blog about not responding to the letters and putting them straight in the bin, but I'm worried that TV Licensing will visit one day soon. I know to keep quiet and close the door, but what are the chances of them asking my next door neighbour for information about me?
TV Licensing Blog replies:
Thank you for taking the time to get in touch. We are pleased to hear that you are a regular reader and hope that you will tell your non-viewing friends about our blog.
Chapter 2 section 8 of the TV Licensing Visiting Procedures - the official goon handbook if you like - is quite clear in the following: "Neighbours and other third-parties must not be approached to provide information about the occupiers or status of a property".
Experience tells us that TV Licensing goons regularly flout the rules in this document, but if they were to disclose any of your private information to a neighbour then they would be in breach of the Data Protection Act 1998.
If TV Licensing goons are following their own official policy, they should not attempt to question your neighbour about the circumstances at your property.
We hope that addresses your question.
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