Big Brother, Big Business

About the Show

Big Brother Preamble
We are living through a surveillance revolution empowered by technology. Who is watching you?

Award-winning correspondent, David Faber examines the rapid advance of technology which allows companies to monitor our every move and record our most private personal information. Driving habits are being recorded; employees are monitored; shoppers and diners are observed and analyzed; internet searches are saved and used as evidence in court.

It is big business that collects most of the data about us. But increasingly, it is the government that's using it.

The documentary takes viewers inside the FBI, the Border Patrol, police departments and schools to see how they are using biometric technologies to establish identity. There is also a rare look inside a little-known division of AOL that works solely with law enforcement requests for information about AOL's members.

Faber also examines some of the downsides of the new surveillance society: a man whose cell phone records were stolen by his former employer; a women who lost her job due to mistaken identity; a man who discovered his rental car company was tracking his every move.

Big Brother, Big Business takes an enlightening and sometimes disturbing look at how the growth of the information society may be eroding the freedoms many people take for granted.

Web Extras

  • Cell Phone Secrets     Wednesday, 30 May 2007 | 2:04 AM ET

    Private Eye veteran Ernie Rizzo explains how easy it is to obtain private cell phone records.

  • Black Boxes for Cars     Wednesday, 30 May 2007 | 2:05 AM ET

    Did you know...technology inside your car could be used to track you, or catch a criminal.

  • Invasion of Privacy     Wednesday, 30 May 2007 | 2:06 AM ET

    New York businessman Adam Yuzuk's tells us how his personal cell phone records were repeatedly stolen.

  • Tracking Searches     Wednesday, 30 May 2007 | 11:33 AM ET

    Beware of what you search for...Google keeps a record of every query you make.

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  • Co-anchor of CNBC's "Squawk on the Street," David Faber also is a co-producer of CNBC's original documentaries.

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