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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

an excellent documentary on privacy

Author: itsaletterbox from SOUTH EAST ENGLAND
20 August 2013

panopticon puts "out there" the very real need for people to wake up to how much of their lives are.............out there.

not just from government, but from the wider world also.

many, many people have fallen foul because of activities that they considered privileged and private being made known to a wider public, or being used by a government, or other entity.

panopticon is a must see film, especially in the light of the snowden affair which has revealed just how much data is collected, stored, and acted upon.

this data for the most part, generated by people doing nothing more sinister than using a home computer, or smart phone.

i believe an English speaking version of this film would massively increase the viewing numbers.

well done for a great job :D

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

"No one shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference in his privacy" United Nations Charter

Author: basicfolder from London, England
10 November 2013

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

A riveting documentary about the erosion of your privacy - and why it matters.

I discovered it because Edward Snowden (@EJosephSnowden) Tweeted that he was curled up in Moscow watching it. That's a good use of the Internet.

All the things revealed in this documentary that they're doing? Not so good.

Here are some quotes (from the English subtitles) and some asides to give you a flavour:

"Give them the feeling of permanent surveillance. Only then can you control them."

"But I've got nothing to hide." Do you have curtains? Why?

"Systems stay, and won't leave us."

You will be profiled by companies and governments.

"I can protect you, just hand over all your freedoms."

Germans are less relaxed: they remember "the building blocks for dictatorship", the Gestapo, the Stasi. Except hacktivists found government software that tracked browsing, and recorded using people's computer microphones and web cams.

Are they watching you and listening to you right now?

"Government itself is a big hack. It all comes down to controlling the space round you."

"This will be a generation with some kind of digital cancer."

Whether we let this happen to us is up to us. We can debate, learn, fight, join EFF or Privacy International, or we can sit back and let it happen.

And watch the consequences.

We don't know what those consequences will be - no one does. But do you really think they'll all be benign?

Look out for the case of mistaken identity. And imagine, for a moment, that happening to you, or your family, or your friend, or your lover.

As I said, it's up to us.

NB I found it on YouTube. Another good use of the Internet.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Compelling, well made doc. highlighting the dangers of OTT surveillance

Author: clifee57 from London, England
31 March 2014

Very watchable and well put together doc. Well paced, so i could digest the many startling developments of invasive surveillance into all of our lives. From Supermarket loyalty cards, travel cards, CCTV to mobile phones and myriad ways of getting stuff onto our PC's to detect what info we're sending out. Much of this has always been openly carried out But RE: 'sensitive' info which we previously thought was subject to privacy protocols has been subject to the insidious creep of more ingenious ways of getting at it. Ways have developed to circumvent these and very often, even encryption isn't sufficient to keep the nosy parker's out!

Along with this, the creep is justified by governments "we need to do this for your security and well being" citing around 500 deaths due to terrorism in Europe (more deaths are due to falling down stairs!) yet Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain, 2012: Killed 1,754; Seriously Injured 23,039; Slightly Injured 170,930; Technology is available to reduce these casualties to almost zero. Also, the welfare/NHS cuts/rise of food banks etc, while The super-rich – the top 1% of earners – now pocket 10p in every pound of income paid in Britain, while the poorest half of the population take home only 18p of every pound between them. I ask "is our welfare's so important to governments"?

Impression is that most people accept this invasiveness because "they have nothing to hide" yet a question "why have curtains?" to some members of the public revealed to them just how important privacy is and as to why they should be concerned. I'm convinced that if a referendum was carried out in UK with all the facts/arguments presented (as in this doc) the result would be for at least a substantial reduction of the surveillance, if not an outright rejection - as they have in Germany; where they have historical experience of dictatorships, Gestapo, Stasi. They know the dangers of data gathering, with potential abuse, ID errors, tech flaws. There seems poor prospects of a referendum for such huge surveillance which is deplorable for a so-called "democracy". Governments can change goalposts too and i remember when non-violent protesters around the time of Occupy St.Pauls, were labeled by Police as potential terrorists. protesters-as-potential-terrorists/ It's necessary to campaign hard for the rejection of the unnecessary surveillance, while no one is protesting the targeting of legitimate suspects of terrorism.

You don't have to do anything wrong, you simply have to fall under suspicion from somebody, even via a wrong call. They can use this system PRISM to scrutinize every decision you've ever made, every friend you've ever discussed something with & attack you on that basis. To derive suspicion from an innocent life and paint anyone in the context of a wrongdoer.

ED SNOWDON: The primary lesson from this experience was that "you can't wait around for someone else to act. I had been looking for leaders, but I realized that leadership is about being the first to act." I don't want to live in a world where there's no privacy and therefore no room for intellectual exploration and creativity."

"Oh, I don't do anything wrong, I don't care if they listen". Well, over the course of a lifetime you have conversations through electronic mediums that can be twisted to make it look like you are a bad guy. Maybe you don't really mean it, maybe you are just musing or blowing off steam. But you said it, there is record of it, and someday maybe will be held against you in secret court to secretly detain you indefinitely. The potential for blackmail is so great that there is no way that this won't be used for nefarious means. It's the thought police at worst, and things like this will always eventually be at it's worst.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Brilliant documentary, definitely a must see for everybody who uses the internet

Author: carry delm
12 November 2013

Brilliant documentary, definitely a must see for everybody who uses the internet on a regular basis. Its double encrypted! : That means nothing-every security professional knows that there are good and bad forms of encryption and its may only be a matter of time before we find out which one they used. Here's another problem, how much data do they store about us? You see in the end its up to the programmers to decide what their creations can and cannot do, they can lie and we would never know.

Excellent work ! Asking the right questions and showing the hidden facts. In the end it is up to individuals. You cannot ignore after watching this documentary that we are more and more living in a panopticon world. Scary but very realistic!

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