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.
|How the NSA Infiltrates Google and Yahoo Data Centres|
|"The Internet of Things creates the perfect conditions to bolster and expand the surveillance state."|
|“Everyone is doing it.”|
|"Everything about the world Orwell envisioned has become so obvious that one keeps running up against the novel's narrative shortcomings."|
|I Know Where Your Cat Lives|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|On Building Your Own Trebuchet|
|Das Berliner Buchstabenmuseum|
|Why, Typewriters Are Alive and Well, Thank you|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|Really Boring Books (You Have to Read Anyway): Dead Aid, Dambisa Moyo.|
|Really boring books (You have to read anyway): Silmarillion|
|Really boring books (You have to read anyway): Communist Manifesto|
|Bird Shit Advertising|
|How to Drive Home Drunk|