Privacy at risk: Who's watching you? (roundup)

Technology is fast catching up to notion of Big Brother. As the surveillance-obsessed drama "Person of Interest" debuts on CBS this week, CNET takes a deeper look at the technical realities of privacy and security.

CNET News staff
4 min read

The notion of Big Brother has been around for decades, but technology has long lagged behind the Orwellian imagination. Not any more--in the era of smartphones, face recognition, and the omnipresent Internet, the stakes are now much higher. That's what drives the new CBS drama "Person of Interest." Read on for more about the show and about the real-world connectable dots of the everyday surveillance we live with.

Video: "Person of Interest"--Cell phones spying on you

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