As technology has changed more and more things can be done online. We can buy online, bank online and even socialise online, but does anyone ever really stop to think about what information they give away, who reads it, who stores it and where it goes? The answer to this is not really. Today the UK is the third most advanced surveillance societies in the world.

Social networks such as Facebook and MySpace allow you to write as much or as little as you like about yourself. Facebook even allows you to state contact information from phone numbers, email addresses and where you live, as well as stating the school(s) you went to and job details.

In 2007 Britain was sent into fraud alert after it was announced that the government had lost two discs containing personal details of all families with children under 16. David Bond is the father of one of those children whose data has gone missing. Due to this he wanted to do two things. Firstly, he wanted to see just how much the government and other institutions knew about individuals and secondly, he wanted to see if he could truly disappear out of the system.

As part of his experiment, two of the top Private Investigators set about collecting anything and everything they could about David in a plan to tracking in down. In doing so, David was left feeling alone and paranoid that he was being watched constantly. His findings and how easy the investigators found him is alarming.

Before watching the film who would have thought that a simple device such as a baby monitor could have been tapped into. I wouldn’t that’s for sure. In today’s society it is true what they say, big brother is watching you.

Information is no longer safe, what you think is harmless can be used against you. Not only does the individual need to stop to think about what they are sharing, but tougher measures need to be put into place to prevent information getting into the wrong hands.

In watching the film, I hope it makes people think twice about what they are willing to share and what they really wouldn’t mind people knowing.

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