The intention is that the content
should be entirely positive towards the BBC, reflecting the great loyalty and
enthusiasm of BBC engineers. However this does not preclude amusing
As BBC Transmission was privatised in 1997 this
seems a logical year to end and as several years have passed since then it
should ensure that the content is acceptable to the organisations that carry out
equivalent work today.
The BBC gave permission for the book On Air
to be published, but it is not always be practicable to get additional permission for
individual contributions to this website, so I will try to ensure that they
are likely to be acceptable to the BBC as well as any other relevant organisations and
It is not practicable to put a copyright notice against all individual items
(e.g. the PDF files of Eng Inf) and it is not always possible to determine the
copyright owner of material. The nature of the material is that it is very
specialised, of interest to a small minority and usually many years old.
As a consequence, where appropriate, copyright is duly acknowledged as follows:
British Broadcasting Corporation
Arqiva (now owner of the Home services part of what used to be BBC Transmission)
Encompass Digital Media (now operator/owner of the World Service's part of what used to be
BBC Transmission). This follows acquisition of Babcock Media Services in
Contributors to this web site as listed on the New
Any copyright owner who requests a specific copyright notice in a contribution
Please contact this web site if
any material gives you cause for concern regarding copyright.
Use of names, initials and email
Individuals are referred to by name
except where there is concern that they might object, in which case initials are
used. If you object to your name, initials or picture being used then
please let me know and I will amend the web site. The web site does not
include personal addresses, email addresses or phone numbers. If a
contribution includes an email address it will be under the domain of this web
site, with forwarding to the contributor's real email address. Some documents in
PDF format contain business contact information at the time of publication, but
it is no longer current.
Individual articles include an
acknowledgement to the contributor. In addition acknowledgements are
listed on the New Items page.
The web site does not use advanced
features and it is believed to work on all browsers.
If necessary, the publication policy will
be amended as the web site develops.
If anything on the web site gives cause
for concern then please let me know.
|General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - effective from
25th May 2018
Paragraph 18 on page 3 of the
Regulation states: “This Regulation does not apply to the processing
of personal data by a natural person in the course of a purely personal
or household activity and thus with no connection to a professional or
commercial activity. Personal or household activities could include
correspondence and the holding of addresses, or social networking and
online activity undertaken within the context of such activities.....”
IT Governance website states: “To fall within the remit of the GDPR,
the processing has to be part of an “enterprise”. Article 4(18) of the
Regulation defines this as any legal entity that’s engaged in economic
The actual wording of Article 4 (18) is: “‘enterprise’ means a
natural or legal person engaged in an economic activity, irrespective of
its legal form, including partnerships or associations regularly engaged
in an economic activity;”
BBCeng.info is not an economic activity. If the subject matter dealt
with present-day BBC activities then this might be regarded as a
”connection to a professional or commercial activity”. However, it does
not. The subject matter on BBCeng is solely concerned with
“Recollections of BBC Engineering from 1922 to 1997”. It is an activity
which involves the processing of data by a “natural person” (i.e. Martin
Ellen!) for the interest and enjoyment of other natural persons with
similar interests. It is financed by Martin Ellen on a purely personal
basis and content is provided voluntarily by many contributors.
My conclusion is that GDPR does not apply to bbceng.info.
- If you think that my conclusion is wrong please let me know so
that I can take action as necessary.
- Irrespective of the legal position concerning GDPR, I respect
its aims and I will continue to manage the content of bbceng.info in a
responsible manner that is in keeping with the need to safeguard
Please note that bbceng.info does:
- NOT collect data on visitors, such as via Google analytics.
- NOT have a registration form.
- NOT have e-commerce functionality
- NOT have a newsletter sign-up form.
- NOT have personal social media links e.g. Facebook, Twitter etc.
- NOT use a comments system for articles, such as Disqus.
- NOT have a contact form for users to get in touch (just an
- NOT include personal addresses, phone numbers or email addresses.
All content is put on BBCeng by me
and no database systems are involved. Communication is simply by personal
BBCeng.info does include photographs
with captions that name individuals. Most of these photographs were taken many
years ago and in each case I have carefully considered the merit of
including them. In 15 years I have received one request to remove a
picture (because the owner of a hillside in Scotland objected to it appearing in
the background of a relay station picture), but I have received very many
messages of appreciation for all the content on the website.
To reiterate the request that has been on this Policy page for many
years, if anything on the web site gives cause for concern then please
let me know.
4 December 2006
Updated 17 January 2014
Updated 7 April 2018 (GDPR)
Updated 10 April 2018 (More on GDPR)
Updated 26 June 2019 (note about PDF
Updated 20 June 2021 (Browser
compatibility note amended)