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Film Explores Escaping the "Surveillance State"

SURVEILLANCE—UK

April 8, 2010

The advocacy group Privacy International has ranked the UK just behind such nations as Russia and China in terms of its use of surveillance, TIME reports. In an interview with filmmaker David Bond, the magazine explores Bond's experiment spending a month escaping detection, which was prompted by the government's loss of his newborn daughter's personal information in 2007. Bond's experiences resulted in the creation of a documentary entitled "Erasing David." Going "off the grid," Bond says he learned that, "We're normalized to living an utterly exposed life. But there's value in privacy--it's a tremendously uplifting and strengthening feeling, to feel like you can withdraw. Not because you've got anything to hide, just because you want to."
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