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.
|"Everything about the world Orwell envisioned has become so obvious that one keeps running up against the novel's narrative shortcomings."|
|Be Seen and Unseen With Privacy Glasses|
|"Cell phone numbers are better identifiers than email addresses."|
|Israel Used NSA's Metadata to Pursue Political Agendas|
|Surveiling the Politically Active of 2030|
|“Buying a new smartphone every two years is taking a toll on the planet.”|
|“Google and Facebook figured out how to commodify 'reality' itself by tracking what people do.”|
|“New York Central trains in the Hudson River valley in 1928 and 1929”|
|“The latest warning sign for cities who are considering signing over public spaces to major tech companies.”|
|“Scientific evidence that digital distraction is damaging our minds.”|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|“We need to make algorithms transparent, regulated, and forgiving of the flawed creatures that converse with them.”|
|"Waymo is reportedly planning to take the next step towards offering a commercial driverless car service in early December."|
|“Bias, error, and misuse of Artificial Intelligence technologies.”|
|“Forget reading the book of life—we’re now learning how to write it.”|