Erasing David

Synopsis

DAVID BOND lives in one of the most intrusive surveillance states in the world. He decides to find out how much private companies and the government know about him by putting himself under surveillance and attempting to disappear – a decision that changes his life forever. Leaving his pregnant wife and young child behind, he is tracked across the database state on a chilling journey that forces him to contemplate the meaning of privacy – and the loss of it.

Once the bastion of freedom and civil liberties, the UK is now one of the most advanced surveillance societies in the world – ranked third after Russia and China. The average UK adult is now registered on over 700 databases and is caught daily on one of the 4 million CCTV cameras located on nearly every street corner in the country. Increasingly monitored, citizens are being turned into suspects. But if you’ve got nothing to hide, surely there’s nothing to fear?

When David receives a letter informing him that his daughter Ivy is among 25 million residents whose details have been lost by the government’s Child Benefit Office, he begins a journey that will see him hounded across Europe.

David soon discovers some alarming truths about what the government and private companies already know about ordinary citizens. He meets people who have been caught in the crossfire of the database state and have had their lives shattered.

As his concern grows, he makes a life-changing decision. He will leave his pregnant wife and child behind and put himself under surveillance for thirty days. The UK’s top Private Investigators are hired to discover everything they can about him and his family – and track David down as he attempts to vanish. Is it still possible to live a private, anonymous life in the UK?  Or do the state and private companies already know too much about ordinary people?

Forced to contemplate the meaning of privacy – and the loss of it, David’s disturbing journey leaves him with no doubt that although he has nothing to hide, he certainly has something to fear…

2 Comments »

  1. Just watched this movie…of course I was a non-surveillor who worked for the US govt…but was unaware of dirty intel stalking me until 1993…stalking me from about 10, I think….dirty old man and his bad women that does not include me…
    and at 10 years old that was 1955…so I do not blame the internet for the crap that the govt did to me here and lied about in the USA……in fact I laugh at people that act like nothing is going on outside….hahahahahah

    Struck me as a film that should have exposed the darker sides of accusing people of being other people on paper….like they did me also…the govt did…and then refused to admit it…thats how safe we are here in the USA…in fact the Treasury Dept admitted that is was the US Govt and credit agencies that hurt peoples identity more than anyone here in the USA…

    Anyway……1955…where was your movie then…

    Comment by Pamela Tracy — June 22, 2012 @ 5:07 am

  2. Sorry was not around in 1955. But you make a really interesting point – that the rise of the cloud database was not a prerequisite of data capture. The Stasi (and the USGov, in your case, by the sounds of it) did it really well with pen and paper.

    David

    Comment by David Bond — October 17, 2012 @ 3:36 pm

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