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.
|“Tech companies are picking a big public fight with the NSA because it looks good.”|
|In an Era of Mass Surveillance, Technology Companies are Responding to the Demands of their Customers|
|Apple's Encryption Won't Stop the NSA|
|What the NSA Revelations Mean to the Average Internet User|
|Canadian Government Does Not Want Oversight on its Foreign-Focused Spy Agency|
|“The most dangerous person in the world is the Zuck.”|
|“Single use forever launch clock.”|
|“Without any security company in the world recognizing that it even existed.”|
|Japanese Robot Serves Ice Cream From Inside a Vending Machine|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|Fake Name Generator|
|Naked Preacher Lady [NSFW]|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|“The company’s ambition, its ruthlessness, and its lack of a moral compass scare me.”|
|Bird Shit Advertising|
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|“Eliminating the time needed to stop and re-charge a conventional electric car’s battery.”|