There are sensors and cameras everywhere, societal convention dictates we take what is essentially a surveillance device with us constantly, and passport regulation mandates that we identify and enroll ourselves where we go. It’s the physical reality where it affects us the most
While surveillance largely happens electronically. It’s becoming increasingly more challenging consume, to move around, exercise, work, or even practice faith.
You are tracked relentlessly, everywhere you go
Your phone comprises a GPS sensor that can collect precise information about your whereabouts. This information is often directly uploaded into the cloud and shared with the apps as well as their subsidiaries, partners, and advertising clients.
Even with GPS turned away, your mobile phone provider can locate one to within a few meters by measuring your signal power between antennas. This information is shared with law enforcement and is frequently available to hackers, too.
Tracked when you drive
If you drive, license plate readers make a record of your vehicle’s whereabouts. These readers can be as little as a phone and assembled from a couple of dozen dollars worth of gear and open-source program.
Tracked when you walk
Likewise, but not as reliable is facial recognition program. Half a dozen of London boroughs, as an example, have more safety cameras than people. In some places like Austria, it is already illegal avoid detection and to cover yourself up.
Tracked when you use public transport
Ride-sharing apps, like Lyft and Uber, require one to share your location and join your account to a credit card bearing your identity. This information becomes accessible to your credit card company, bank, and government.
However, public transport, where it exists, is still the most privacy-conscious form of transportation. But taxis and buses do have even and video surveillance microphones that capture your conversations and you. You must leave your mobile phone and ideally move around by foot or bicycle,
Here’s how to avoid location tracking:
If you are concerned about surveillance.
You can use glasses with bright infrared LED lights to blind CCTV cameras and fool facial recognition software–but this will not fool a human.
Are you a consumer? Then you are tracked
all you buy with a credit card will get shared recorded, and analyzed. Cookies reveal which products you look at online and on your phone, and your apps may listen to what shows.
Stores attempt to use rewards and points schemes to reveal our identity when we pay with money and also to link our credit cards and mobile payment options.
When shopping on the internet, our postal and email addresses function as identifiers even when paying with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. Cash payments are already forbidden by
Countries like France and Italy. Depositing anonymous money sums into banks is also no longer an option due to money laundering rules, which makes it tough to pay with money for things like rent.
Here’s how to avoid consumer tracking:
Do not use credit cards. As possible with cash settle as many transactions. You may discover that Bitcoin is the possibility to make transfers and to store money outside of the banking system.
Your friends, family, and home give your identity away
Even if you follow of the above advice, your friends and family might still compromise your Opsec. They might:
- Upload your photos to a facial recognition database (such as Facebook)
- Talk about you and your actions in unencrypted chats (such as WeChat)
- Add your phone numbers to their address book and upload it (such as Whatsapp)
- Forward encrypted information in unencrypted channels (such as email)
- Record your conversations at home (such as with Alexa)
- Film you or your car entering a driveway
there are lots of ways others can unintentionally record you and compromise your privacy, which is the part of the future of privacy that is offline.
How to get online privacy
privacy is much easier to achieve.
While it has become easier to follow us around in the physical world, it has also become impossible for criminals and intrusive governments to stem us online, intercept our communications and endanger our data.
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