The animated short film Invasion of the Data Snatchers offers a rather worrying warning by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) about the dangers of giving away your information and personal data freely.

Focussing upon the dangers of ignoring privacy issues, the ACLU worked with FlickerLab on the animated short which offers a cautionary tale of technology running amok.

It pulls in Big Data and the Internet of Things, and is complete with references to classic sci-fi, dystopian-future movies.

The short was based on the article Invasion of the Data Snatchers: Big Data and the Internet of Things Means the Surveillance of Everything.

"More and more, the things we own are being hooked up to the Internet and quietly collecting data on us, which is then packaged and sold to Big Business and Big Brother by data aggregators," explained ACLU media strategist Matthew Harwood.

"At the start of the next decade, there could be more than 30 million Internet-connected devices," continued Matthew, writing on the ACLU blog. "Google is already touting a future where your home is 'conscious'. But many [devices] will be outside the home, like street lamps, which will make it harder and harder for people to log off and evade tracking."