“Always the eyes watching you and the voice enveloping you. Asleep or awake, working or eating, indoors or out of doors, in the bath or in bed — no escape. Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull” ― 1984, by George Orwell In Britain today, around 1.85million Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras watch our every move. That’s roughly one camera for every 34 people. While there are arguments to be made for, and against, surveillance on this scale, Orwell’s dystopian vision continues to appear more prophetic with each passing year. We can be tracked by cameras, by the signals of our smartphones, on our social media accounts, emails and texts, and through our financial transactions – it seems we now leave some kind of digital footprint wherever we go. And now we have telematics insurance, offering cheaper cover in return for installing a small, GPS-enabled device in your vehicle. The box transmits real-time information about where you are and how you’re driving to the insurer, which uses this information to give you (arguably) fairer premiums. At the moment it’s optional, so nobody’s being secretly spied on against their wishes, but pundits predict that new vehicles with factory-fitted telematics, such as the Citroen C1 Connexion, will become more mainstream. Whether you’d rather consign black boxes to Room 101 or you’re ready to learn to love Big Brother, here’s a closer look at telematics insurance, and whether opposition to the technology is all a bit tin-foil hat.