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This section relates to all purchases and development of applications and software.

Only a limited number of standards are published here, with all other documents published internally.  A summary of the available standards is given below, and if you would like further information on these or you require a copy please see "How to obtain further information".

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Policy Statements

Version Last Updated PDF Version
03.00

 

18/02/2009  
DQ ref: apps_01

Applications Policy Ref 01
The BBC will remain fully licensed for all software.

Applications Policy Ref 02
The BBC will maintain software versions appropriate to the business need.

Applications Policy Ref 03
All developments by, and purchases from, 3rd parties must have a signed approved, legal agreement. See Law.

Applications Policy Ref 04
Off the shelf solutions must be from the list of approved software.

Applications Policy Ref 05
Where a system is a bespoke development it must adhere to the development standards in Delivering Quality.

Applications Policy Ref 06
Integration testing must be carried out on all new applications and upgrades to existing applications.

Applications Policy Ref 07
The BBC will not knowingly permit the use of any games or screensavers other than the company standard screensaver, the games that form part of the operating system, in-house developed games only on the workstations of the developers and testers, or, in-house developed screensavers which have been integrated into the desktop. Additionally, short-term reviews of software as part of programming output are permitted but must first be approved by the Technology Controller.

Third Party Software Licensing Policy Statements

Applications Policy Ref 06_01
The ownership of and responsibility for all computer devices and software used by a BBC contracted 3rd party either on BBC or another's owned or leasehold premises for BBC work should be clearly detailed in a contractual legal agreement.

Applications Policy Ref 06_02
All BBC contracted 3rd party owners or licensees of software will indemnify the BBC in the event of any legal action being taken for any misuse of software either on the BBC's or their own computer devices whilst these devices are being used for BBC work regardless of the location.

Applications Policy Ref 06_03
All BBC policies relating to ownership and responsibility for both hardware and software must be properly defined in a contractual legal agreement.

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Related Policies

The following is a list of useful, related policies from other areas of DQ.

The main Delivering Quality policies always apply..

Networks Policies Ref 09 
Approved applications on the networks must perform to a specification (response time and availability) agreed with relevant users, and be monitored to measure performance against this specification.


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Pest Software Policy

Version Last Updated  
01.01 08/07/2010 .
DQ Ref: apps_08_03
The BBC have identified certain categories of software referred to as "pests". The BBC prohibits the use of such software on desktops because it is likely to cause one or more of the following:
  • Security issues for the BBC network
  • Desktops to run slowly
  • Desktops to fail
  • Legal issues relating to licensing
  • Legal issues relating to inappropriate material

The "pest" software is ever changing and it is difficult to list it all, but here are the main types:

  • Adware
  • Browser Helper Object
  • Cracking Tool
  • Dialer
  • Exploit
  • Games
  • Hijacker
  • Key Logger
  • Peer-to-Peer
  • Remote Control
  • Spyware

There are two main methods of installing this type of software.

Installing it deliberately - You should never install any software without appropriate authority

Automatic installs - Some of this software installs itself automatically (usually when visiting a website and clicking onto something). The user may be unaware of it's presence - particularly with software that breaches security.

Sometimes the problems caused are fairly minor, but they can be devastating. For this reason the BBC take a very serious view of their use. The Software Compliance Manager is responsible for monitoring Desktops for use of such software and will take appropriate action if it is discovered. The action can as simple as software removal with some help and advice. However, if necessary the SCM can initiate more severe action.


For a more comprehensive (but by no means exhaustive) list see the SCM Excel worksheet. Contact the Software Compliance Manager or the Software Asset Management (SAM) Team for further information.


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Software Compliance

Version Last Updated View Software Compliance
02.00 14/01/2010  
DQ Ref: apps_08_04

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Software Licensing Policy

Version Last Updated PDF Version
02.02 03/12/2010 If you have difficulty accessing the PDF, please right click to download, and save target on your local drive.
DQ Ref: desk_03

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Third Party Software Licensing Policy

This Software Legality for the BBC & Third Parties Policy covers how the BBC Group will try to ensure that only software that has been legally acquired will be used by 3rd parties contracted to do work for the BBC.

Version Last Updated PDF Version
01.01 08/07/2010 If you have difficulty accessing the PDF, please right click to download, and save target on your local drive.

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Use of Screen Savers Policy

Version Last Updated  
01.02 14/01/2010  
DQ Ref: apps_04
The use of screen savers relates to Application Policies Ref 07
The BBC will not knowingly permit the use of any games or screensavers other than the company standard screensaver, the games that form part of the operating system, in-house developed games only on the workstations of the developers and testers, or, in-house developed screensavers which have been integrated into the desktop. Additionally, short-term reviews of software as part of programming output are permitted but must first be approved by the Technology Controller..


Description:
Even games and screensavers take time and cost money to develop. Therefore most have to be licensed.

Do not install games or screensavers (even from BBC web sites) on a BBC desktop unless it is for one of the following reasons:

You are developing an in-house game or screensaver
You are testing an in-house developed game
If a game is needed for a short time in order to produce a review for programme (or other media) output, you must have approval form your local HOT.

Games and screensavers that are part of the standard desktop are exempt from this policy.
 

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How to Obtain Further Information and Internal Policies and Standards

Only a limited number of standards are published within this site.  If you need more information or you think you need access to specific documents, please see "How to obtain further information".


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