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Genre: Documentary / Hot Docs 2013  
Investigative documentary on the secretive information gathering between private corporations free services and government organizations.  



Directed by:

Cullen Hoback
Screenplay by: n/a
Music by: John Askew
Produced by: John Ramos, Cullen Hoback, Nitin Khanna


Film Length: 79 mins
Process / Ratio: 1..85:1
Anamorphic: n/a
Languages:  English Dolby Digital 5.1
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What began as a journalistic quest to investigate the literal terms and conditions we must accept prior to installing software, signing up for free accounts like Google & Facebook, and buying anything over the internet evolved into an investigate documentary about the erosion of privacy, and the discrete cooperative relationship between so-called benevolent corporations and secretive government agencies.

Beginning with the emergence of the ubiquitous user agreements with their mandatory Accept / Decline buttons – a concept originally developed by a pizza company for its online delivery service – director / editor Cullen Hoback uses archival footage, pop culture media, and a plethora of interviews to trace the increasingly disturbing methods whereby corporations have become the legal conveyance through which governments can acquire sensitive data without going through a lengthy legal process. Hoback’s film isn’t a wake-up call – the mechanisms and agreements are too entrenched at this stage to scale back – but a snapshot of how we’ve lost any sense of privacy for the benefit of preventing potential violence in a post-9/11 era, and consciously resigned ourselves to an invasive existence.


© 2013 Mark R. Hasan

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