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.
|"A real-time surveillance machine that has been developed for online advertising is rapidly expanding into other fields."|
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|"The Canadian government is playing a much larger role in monitoring the internet than most might think."|
|"Anyone refusing to reveal their face may be imprisoned for up to a month."|
|“A mass of meat, ready for human consumption, with no brain or wings or feet.”|
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|“The deadlines aren't the problem. It's our failure to heed them.”|
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|“Impossible Aerospace founder and CEO Spencer Gore hopes to make self-flying electric planes.”|
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|“World’s largest floatplane-only airline [...] to become an electrically powered airline.”|
|“We are undergoing the greatest economic transformation in our history, and we are dealing with it by pretending nothing is happening.”|
|“To be a creator, not only a consumer.”|