Posted by Ros Connors

Gadget Show’s Georgie Barrat on why Brits are concerned about ‘hyper-surveillance’

New research released by Avast to coincide with a modern-day re-telling of George Orwell’s ‘1984’ looks at how life depicted in the famous novel reflects society today.

Matt Smith takes on the role of Winston Smith in the book’s re-release entitled ‘2021’, by reading excerpts of his diary with the research revealing that Brits believe the hyper-surveillance themes of Orwell’s classic are coming true today (83%).

The research also reports that as many as seven in 10 (69%) are concerned about their online activity being tracked and monitored by the sites and applications they use with almost half (45%) feeling that companies who track and record personal data have too much access to important information.

Ros spoke to Gadget Show’s Georgie Barrat and Shane McNamee, chief privacy officer at Avast.

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