How are you dealing with the obstacles on your privacy journey?
“Your transaction does not match your payment information” - Online shops in general while paying with Revolut for example
“This item cannot be shipped to your selected delivery location” - When you want to order something bigger than a box of matches to the Amazon locker.
“Add a real phone number/email” - When using SimpleLogin/AnonAddy or Hushed/MySudo
I considered go to live under the rock, but that’s not really an option I don’t see so many alternatives. For the emails I can make a new Gmail or Outlook, but I really don’t want to manage 30 different email accounts just because someone set up stupid “anti-terrorist” rules
My threat model is not high. I’m not a politician or public or important figure. Just a person who wants to have a control over my data and the less information I can provide, the better. Especially to online shops and apps.
Yeah, I think this is why a threat model is important. If doing something actually matters to you, you should be able to do it. Privacy be damned, your needs should come first. For reference, I don’t need privacy, but I want privacy. I make sacrifices to help, but I know I could do better. Just do the best you can. It’s not always all or nothing deal.
Here’s how I’d handle these situations:
"Your transaction does not match your payment information” = I personally give the correct details. I’ve had too many issues in the past with transactions, and I can understand the companies need for honesty. Years ago I used to buy, repair, and sell stuff, to get me through my education. I relied on the buyers details to help prevent fraud. So while I don’t like it, I understand this requirement.
“This item cannot be shipped to your selected delivery location” = I’d advise looking into PO boxes. Yes, they do cost, but are great if you do a lot of online business. Yes, you’ll need to give details to your delivery service, but they almost certainly already have that details. I mean, they do deliver mail to you, right?
“Add a real phone number/email” = Where I live, I can pick up a free SIM card online. Or I can spend 10 bucks in a supermarket, and get a PAYG one, with 10 bucks worth of credit. I can use this for as long as I need it, with none of my information given out. Though, before I even go buy a SIM, I will still try those temp phone number services. I just make sure it’s not used for anything important, or has any of my personal details. After all, these temp services are public. As for email aliasing, I try both Anonaddy, and SimpleLogin, with all of their domains. I pay for AA, and get SL with Proton. Even if a service does not accept one domain, I can usually get through with another. I’ve yet to find it not working.
This is one reason why I worked on an alias PayPal account. If an online purchase gives me grief with a card, they might just accept PayPal.
IronVest masked cards and Prepaid Visa from Walmart have been verified on PayPal.
It would be difficult but possible to create a one time use or short term use PayPal account in advance.
Btw, I checked the prices for P.O. Box … it’s effin’ expensive Especially if you want something bigger for the packages. I found other companies offering the same service (something like UPS), but unfortunately not in my area.