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Who's Watching You?: introduction

Richard Bilton

With millions of CCTV cameras, a growing network of number-plate recognition cameras, one of the largest DNA databases in the world and plans for a super database to log all our phone calls and emails, the UK has become one of the most watched places in the world.

In a new series on BBC Two, Who's Watching You?, starting on Monday 25 May 2009 at 9.00pm, Richard Bilton explores the hidden world of surveillance to find out why increasingly we are all being watched and why some people think we have already become a surveillance society.

Cheaper and more advanced technology has prompted a massive expansion in surveillance – not just through CCTV, listening devices, and tracking, but also through all the personal data that's collected on every one of us.

We all benefit from better crime detection and from easier and cheaper services.

The Government argues that "If you've got nothing to hide, then you've got nothing to fear."

The BBC News' Special Correspondent Richard Bilton meets the watchers and the watched.

And he discovers that we know surprisingly little about the depth and breadth of modern surveillance, or about the potential problems when things go wrong.

Who's Watching You? is a three-part series produced by BBC Current Affairs. The Series Producer is Mike Rudin and the Executive Producer is Samantha Anstiss.

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