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.
|Portable Operating System that Preserves Privacy and Anonymity|
|"Anyone refusing to reveal their face may be imprisoned for up to a month."|
|"The actual price for building a 'personal Google for everyone, everywhere' would in fact be zero privacy for everyone, everywhere."|
|The Biggest Threat to Our Privacy is Ourselves|
|“A new privacy scandal that’s getting far less attention.”|
|“A short cut through spacetime allowing for travel over cosmic scale distances in a short period.”|
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|Time Lapse of Planet Earth as Seen from the Space Station|
|Recycled Vacuum Lamps|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|“If you fell asleep in 1945 and woke up in 2018 you would not recognize the world around you.”|
|Facebook, Twitter Users Could Face Insurance Hikes|
|“Reliably bottling up miniature stars, inside complex machines on Earth, demands otherworldly amounts of patience.”|
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|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
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|Timelapse of a Tesla Model 3 Being Made|