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This review is from: Erasing David (SXSW Festival Premiere) (Amazon Instant Video)
Erasing David is a documentary about how much everyone out there already knows about our personal lives and entertains the possibility of someone being able to regain total privacy in their life. From the government to the businesses we deal with online and offline, there is a ton of data that is collected and stored on us that can be used in many different ways. Internet providers keep track of every website that we visit and hold this information for at least 12 months. Cell phone companies keep a record of every call we make and every incoming call we receive for at least 12 months. Online websites that we use also keep track of our personal information and buying habits as well. Social websites like LinkedIn, MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter are taking over our daily routines and in doing so we are intentionally giving up our privacy. The problem is that it leaves us exposed and vulnerable. Tweet about going to Chicago for the weekend and everyone knows about it. Even the guy who is planning to break into your house tonight. Write a blurb about going out to a club downtown on your facebook page and anyone of your 10,000 friends, that you really know nothing about anyway, could show up at the club and follow you home. Sure these are extreme examples, but continue to tell everyone where you live, work and where your going to be all the time and eventually it will lead to bad things.
I liked the idea of this documentary but was disappointed with the result. There were so many things he did wrong that I am surprised he lasted as long as he did. There were so many simple mistakes that he made.
1. Using a cell phone
2. Using a payphone
3. Using a computer at an internet cafe
4. Going to see and stay with friends and family.
5. Doing an interview with someone who posted it on the internet along with the location.
There are probably more mistakes but these are basic things you can NOT do if you don't want to be tracked. Of course the person tracking you has to have access to the right technology, but the whole basis of the documentary was to disappear and not be found. I think the final straw was when he was caught. I will try not to give away too many details, but let's just say he was with his wife at the time. Did he really not think that people would use his wife, children or any other family member to track him down?
Other than that I thought it was well made and that David was an intersting character. Even though the study was done in the UK I think that almost everything applies here in the US. The only thing that is different would be the local camera system. He talks about how within a 100 meter radius of his home there were about 200 surveillance cameras. I can't think of any city in the US that has that amount of surveillance on a full time basis.
In conclusion, the only way for anyone to truly erase themselves would be to give up everything and leave their past behind.