I was intrigued with the concept of Erasing David – could someone living in the world’s third most surveilled country, just disappear and survive for a month without being found? It’s a concept that film maker (and star of the documentary) David Bond investigates in Erasing David. He starts off by employing private investigators Cerberus Investigations Limited to attempt to locate him, giving them a month to do so, then attempts to drop off the grid. Fortunately the documentary is a little more than just this, as the first thing Cerberus do is grab David’s garbage and discover his initial travel documents.
Spliced in with his life on the run from Cerberus, are a few different aspects of living in our modern, invasive society. David decided to enact the privacy act, requiring businesses to send him all the information he has on them. The amount of information he receives back from some companies is staggering to say the least.
David also interviews a couple of people who have been arrested for crimes they didn’t commit but have been linked to through identity theft, and proves the point that mud certainly does stick.
But the main focus, and the reason most people will be watching Erasing David is to see how long a clued up guy can evade two private investigators. Luckily Cerberus don’t have access to Britain’s massive array of CCTV cameras or facial recognition scanning, if they did, David would have been toast. Read the rest of this entry »