Big Brother, Big Business

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Big Brother, Big BusinessEvery day technologies are being used to monitor Americans with unprecedented scrutiny - from driving habits to workplace surveillance. Shoppers and diners are observed and analyzed; Internet searches are monitored and used as evidence in court. It is big business that collects most of the data about us. But increasingly, it's the government that's using it.

In a Special Report airing Thursday at 9pm and midnight ET, "Big Brother Big Business," CNBC takes a look at the companies behind the powerful business of personal information and the people whose lives are affected by it, including: a woman who lost her job due to mistaken identity; a man whose cell phone records were stolen by his former employer; a woman whose personal information was stolen from a company she had never heard of; a man who discovered his rental car company was tracking his every move.

The documentary also looks at how the FBI, the Border Patrol, police departments and schools are using biometric technologies to establish identity as well as an inside peek at an AOL division that works solely to satisfy the requests of law enforcement for information about AOL's members. (Excerpt from msnbc.msn.com)

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Comments and User Reviews

  • Paul

    expect a million commercials...I gave up.

  • Andrew

    What do u think this is TV?
    theirs a slider bar use it to fast forward passed commercials

  • anonymous

    Creepy stuff. It's making me rage to see what kind of information companies can gather on people.

  • http://www.cjrocky.com rockysbeats

    meh! dont care

  • Nick

    At 1:50:19 the CEO of 'City watchers' says that their implant chip isn't "big brotherish" because there is no location device built in but fails to mention that the location of the scanner scanning for chips can be traceable. Therefore if there is a public scanning net and you walk by, somebody knows where and when you're there. So it actually is big brother technology.

    Great documentary. I'll think twice before I let someone use my cell phone or the next time I do a google search for something.

    “Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”
    -Benjamin Franklin

  • Nick

    How convenient for the American government to use corporations to spy on it's population with out technically being responsible for breaking the 4th amendment.

  • Robbin505

    I am glad someone is looking at biometrics. Take a look at the Xbox 360's newest add on the Kinect. It is a home biometrics reader that is hooked up to the internet. People are lining up to be read and have their information sent off to any company or government agency that wants it.

  • Hmmm...

    i dont mind technology being used to help catch criminals or help track employees/car rentals, but spying on everyone?! thats going way to far. i guess freedom really isnt free.

  • Hmmm...

    ***too

  • Tepu

    Whatever. If some company or government is conserned for example what color of hat I keep or what do i eat, I'm not interested as far as it does not harm me or my loved ones. After all, probably it is only good thing, that common people is being watched, so murders, school shootings etc, can be prevented more effectively. When diffirent authorities notices some one or groups behaving so, that it can be expected them to do harm to the single person, cities or whole nations and they can prevent it, we will thank them.

  • http://www.myspace.com/theoddone69 Temy

    It always amazes me that people want such "privacy". I don't get it...why would I care if every person on the planet knew precisely how many pores are in my skin and what is in them?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Justin-MostStellar/100000663863136 Justin MostStellar

    I don't know what makes me more upset - our government stooping this low to maintain control, or the fact that most American citizens don't give a f***.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QHS2JUGZGALAPD2FDGC6K27LZU Mister

    lmao apparently you didnt watch any of the docuentary

  • ThomasOwens

    @Temy @ tepu: Your government appreciates your acknowledgement of the New World Order. Repeat after me. " War is Peace "...War is Peace,repeat ... " I have no secrets from my government " repeat...I have no secrets from my government, again, " I am a citizen with no rights ", repeat...I am a citizen with no rights. This is the New World Order, do yourself a favor be like Temy & Tepu, and be a sheeple it is for your own good !

  • http://twitter.com/HeathrCalifrnia Heather Wade

    All this tech and they still can't find Bin Laden.

  • POZZIMYSTIC

    go away

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Megan-H/707335371 Megan H.

    lol

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AJL52MOFFKQHME3GQQRDBJRGAU Jellybean

    put a link on here about it!!..i never heard of it! Thanx and @Tamy and Tepu ...WAKE THE HELL UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AJL52MOFFKQHME3GQQRDBJRGAU Jellybean

    Do you even live on this planet???

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tupacsi-Sikatari/100002699591308 Tupacsi Sikatari

    Stop terrorists and murderers?? who? the government? So actually the government intends to stop terrorism? This government and these corporations ARE terrorism!! doesn't anyone see? Do not expect these technologies to be used for anything else than repressing and destroying popular movements that challenge the status quo, the overlords just want to secure their supremacy because they are growing scared that people are beginning to see the truth: that the only thing the government cares about is protecting the selfish interests of big business and not the people.

    The whole motif of this CNBC documentary is to instill fear on people so they keep passive, its really disgusting.

    John Hanckock presents? you gotta be f***** kidding me!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Johnny-Corona/100001815056571 Johnny Corona

    all of this is proof of the power of the controled community !

  • PaulBraveheart

    Lol, Government protect you, how that work out on 911? Those who would give up Essential Liberty
    to purchase a little Temporary Safety,
    deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.Benjamin Franklin. What is the opposite of "LIBERTY?" The answer is: SLAVERY. What is the opposite of "SAFETY?" Some might answer: DANGER. But that's not the correct answer in this context. In the context of Ben Franklin and the American Revolution, the opposite of "SAFETY" is PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY.

  • Tomsawyerrush19

    love it why do i need the government to protect me im fine by myself

  • http://twitter.com/roseshipley32 Rose Shipley

    @Tomsawyerrush19

    Whilst I'm not all that fine by myself I think that people should find ways to protect themselves without the Government's help. People should become more individual, it's sad but true.

  • Nwttp

    Why is it sad? And so you aren't fine by yourself, okay... that doesn't mean everyone else should be force controlled because you can't take care of yourself.

  • Nwttp

    Very well said.

  • Manfruss

    Interesting Doc. There is such a plethora of interesting tech, and its use is always interesting to watch. It has good potential and bad... merely derived from the intent of those who use it.... just like any other tools and knowledge that humans have.

  • Phd_Neurobiology_and_behavior

    despicable documentary used probably to frighten people with the so-called security systems that the government can use. This is just like nazi germany all over again. Yes people, you read that totally right, I am comparing modern day American society to nazi germany, where now the cia and fbi do the work that was done by the stasi in east germany. Used to fight terrorism, yeah whateverrr..