According to Sarah Kessler of Fast Company, just throwing away your laptop and not using a cellphone isn't enough to "get off the radar." With so many objects and activities that track our movements, purchases and behaviour, it is 100% impossible to not leave a data-trail behind us.
The people who have actually attempted to live without being tracked--most often due to a safety threat--will tell you that security cameras are just about everywhere, RFID tags seem to be in everything, and almost any movement results in becoming part of a database. Its basically impossible for you and I to decide, as of tomorrow, Im going to remain off the radar and to survive for a month or 12 months, says Gunter Ollmann, the CTO of security firm IOActive, who in his former work with law enforcement had several coworkers who dedicated themselves to remaining anonymous for the safety of their families. "The amount of prep work you have to do in order to stay off the radar involves years of investment leading up to that."
Fast Company interviewed the most tracking-conscious people we could find about their strategies for staying anonymous to different degrees. Here are just a handful of daily, offline tasks that get more complicated if you're avoiding surveillance.
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|"[Parents could face] a year in prison for publishing intimate photos of their children on social media."|
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|“I can’t wait for the day robots rule.”|
|“The first-ever driverless mass transit test program.”|
|“AI codes its own ‘AI Child’.”|
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|“Some of us will do anything to be liked.”|
|“Automation doesn't have to be a replacement for human workers.”|
|“The e-Palette, a vehicle that may one day not only deliver, but cook Pizza Hut offerings en route.”|
|“Scientific evidence that digital distraction is damaging our minds.”|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|“Imagine if you were allowed to eat as many M&M’s as you wanted.”|
|“An autonomous grocery store department on wheels”|