• Steve Cullen

The film "Anon"

"Anon" is a 2018 British science fiction thriller starring Clive Owen and Amanda Seyfried. Set in a futuristic world where privacy and anonymity no longer exist, the plot follows a troubled detective (Owen) in who comes across a young woman (Seyfried) who has evaded the government's transparency system.

In a modern world where advanced biosyn implants mean everyone is subjected to a relentless visual stream of information they call the "Mind's Eye", privacy and anonymity as we know them have vanished. With everyone's personal information on public display and each person's life recorded down to the millisecond, personal information is downloaded to a vast grid called "The Ether", a database which law enforcement can access and use to prosecute criminals.

You might wonder why I post about a film on what is essentially a data protection blog - I find it fascinating as well as entertaining as it deals with how our privacy could be invaded. A quote from the film really stood out:

It's not that I have something to hide,

Just nothing I want you to see.

Isn't that the basis for all good data protection legislation?

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