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A connected life

As we move ever closer to a completely connected world (with 50 billion connected devices predicted by 2020) the debate regarding the balance between privacy and security is set only to intensify, writes Simon Giddins, MD of the risk and security consultancy Blackstone.

He offers a day in the life of fictional individuals, and how they come into contact with the real surveillance and monitoring architecture that surrounds them, from CCTV and e-borders to the monitoring of telecommunications traffic. Navigating a path through this debate between security and privacy is something we help our clients with on a daily basis, he adds.

Julie is returning by plane from a business trip from Monaco. She booked the flight at the last minute with a male colleague, but the pair asked not to be seated together as both preferred the window seat. This seemingly innocent request flags them on the UK E-Borders programme.

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