Privacy Under Pressure



Steve Hewlett's series on privacy begins with what our online behaviour reveals.

1/3 In a major new series about how technology is reshaping our notions of privacy, Steve Hewlett asks what we reveal through our online behaviour and use of smart phones. He traces who analyses this behaviour, how it is used and on what terms. Are we aware of how much data we are giving away?

The programme explores how online behaviour can be tracked, monitored and exploited, from cookies to Facebook likes. It investigates whether privacy policies are of any real use or relevance. And it asks if we should all become more aware of the impact of our digital footprints.

Interviewees include representatives from social media companies, advertisers, app developers, academics and privacy campaigners.

Producer: Jane Ashley.


What will advances in CCTV cameras, drones and Google Glass mean for visual privacy?

2/3 Continuing his series on the state of privacy in Britain today, Steve Hewlett looks at whether the UK is becoming more and more of a surveillance society, and the questions this raises.

We are used to being photographed in public places by the many CCTV cameras across the country, for which there is a high degree of public support. But how, in future, might people feel about being recorded by a tiny camera in someone's glasses, or by a drone high up in the sky?

And will technological developments render all these images storable, searchable, and even personally identifiable, as face recognition technology improves?

What could be the impact of networks of tiny sensors in homes and workplaces which are likely to become increasingly common, bringing benefits of convenience, but also capable of gathering information?

And are the internet giants holding back on details of this for fear that the public will feel the technology "is over the freaky line"?

Producer: Jane Ashley.

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Steve Hewlett and guests discuss the significance of the erosion of privacy today.

3/3 Concluding his series about the state of privacy in Britain today, Steve Hewlett is joined by a panel of guests who discuss the significance of recent erosion of privacy. They explore the trade offs of loss of privacy against other benefits, how the new transparency might impact on the way we live our lives, and how we should respond as individuals and society.

Producer: Jane Ashley.