What are some other ways you protect your privacy in your daily life?

Aside from how you use the internet and smartphones, how has your behavior changed in the public physical space?

The awareness can extend anywhere.

You’re buying something and the cashier asks for your phone number. “No thanks”

You counted 35 cameras in one local grocery store and they don’t disclose how they are used, so you visit another store instead.

You’re at an appointment with your doctor and knowing that everything you say is typed into your medical record, you only share the most relevant information. You can refuse any question their practice may ask, such as “are there guns in the home?”

You’re aware of how location tracking and geofencing works, so you occasionally leave your phone at home when going out. You didn’t need your phone on these outings, so now you only bring it along if necessary.

You know that your identity is just a thin trash bag away sitting on the curb every week, so you shred or incinerate documents.

You’re friendly and conversative with coworkers without sharing personal information at work.

You’re aware that you do not have to speak to police, and that anything you say can and will be used against you.

You’re buying something and the cashier asks for your phone number. “No thanks”

Yes. Or email. If it’s necessary for some reason I provide SimpleLogin/AnonAddy generated email. I also don’t apply for any loyalty programs.

You counted 35 cameras in one local grocery store and they don’t disclose how they are used, so you visit another store instead.

Not really, but I wear the mask. (I’m aware of the IR type of cameras etc.)

You’re at an appointment with your doctor and knowing that everything you say is typed into your medical record, you only share the most relevant information. You can refuse any question their practice may ask, such as “are there guns in the home?”

Don’t lie to your doctor. I mean it! It’s pointless to be private if you’re dead.

You’re aware of how location tracking and geofencing works, so you occasionally leave your phone at home when going out. You didn’t need your phone on these outings, so now you only bring it along if necessary.

Sometimes yes.

You know that your identity is just a thin trash bag away sitting on the curb every week, so you shred or incinerate documents.

Definitely. Shredder P3+.

You’re friendly and conversative with coworkers without sharing personal information at work.

I speak with my coworkers more or less normally. Sometimes I use more general expressions in the conversation and leaving small details of. But nothing to extreme.

You’re aware that you do not have to speak to police, and that anything you say can and will be used against you.

Yes, but (luckily) I was not in the situation that I would have to test if I’m able to stand my ground in face of police officer. After all it’s “authority”.

Aside that I try to use cash more or buying gift cards (streaming services, or Amazon if I’m forced to use it).

It may seem silly but I make things difficult by being privacy focused when not really needed.

I use gift cards for everyday purchases like gas, paying for a meal where I need to give someone my card to pay, where i “open a tab” at a bar. This is more to prevent fraudulent charges.

I use Walmart gift cards to purchase well everything at Walmart.com even though my regular credit card is a back up. This reduces the amount of charges on my card, allows me to budget, when I see a new Walmart charge on my credit card i know I spent X amount of money.

I do not have an ATM card or Debit card. I use my primary banking account to make reoccurring auto payments where i can not use a card, transfers, some cash withdrawals when needed. I don’t have a checkbook but I purchase about 12 checks when needed.

I utilize credit cards, for a large amount of purchases, cash withdrawals and pay them off in full every month. I use that cash to buy gift cards and or buy gift cards with the credit cards.

I have mentioned I own multiple properties and I legally appear to live at one location but spend most of my time at the other location.

I dress plain it’s kind of my style. This does not really make me blend in. I will wear a hat with a logo and a shirt or hoodie that does blend in which makes me look “normal”, when I am in public.

I enjoy repeating the phone number of the person checking out preceding me at the register. When i get a questioned look, i just repeat it a little louder… :smirk:

Happened to me in a Lacoste store where the cashier asked for phone AND email, then I asked why and she said to send me the invoice :joy:. I just told her that I do not need any invoice and she was okay with that. That never happened to me somewhere else, but I would just ask again why and refuse it.

The shop I often visit only has a few fake cameras, so that is not the problem. But when using the Metro/Train/Tram there are A LOT of cameras, but there wearing a face mask is currently the best thing I can do (and it is also mandatory at the moment)

I do not lie to my doctor, but yes I am ware of it.

Nothing much I can do about it apart from using an OS that does not track every step, Airplane mode enabled most of the time and when not using the phone putting it into a Faraday bag. But I can not really leave the phone at home because mostly I need it.

Well, I need my passport and ID and bank documents etc., but when I have documents that I do not really need I dispose them. But of course I keep my documents at a safe place.

That is really the hardest part for me to be as private as possible there :face_with_diagonal_mouth:.

Exactly. And when I have to I only speak as less as possible.

Also, I try to pay with cash as much as possible (and when I do not have any cash anymore I will ask a friend and later go to an ATM.) and online when possible with Monero.
And as @Perk1ns already said, I also normally just wear simple clothes. But that was not that hard because I did that also way before being in that Privacy community.

Happened to me in a Lacoste store where the cashier asked for phone AND email, then I asked why and she said to send me the invoice …

Same happened to me in an electronic shop. I bought a printer and I wanted to have the invoice. Luckily I was ready so I gave them generated email. Later I received “invoice” which was the same simple receipt they gave me at the store. Less than 24h later - “Don’t miss these great offers we have for you!” → mail deleted.

I should have pushed and asked if it’s just for the “invoice” or they will start sending me spam - because I did not agree to that.

I’m not suggesting anyone lie to their doctors. If you’re visiting a doctor you obviously have a reason.

What you should know, however, is that doctors observe and record much more than you realize. Most offices will present you with a questionnaire that may ask all kinds of unrelated questions. “Are there guns in the home” is an actual question I’ve seen used. Some will ask if you use a seatbelt, questions about your religious beliefs, and mental health screening questions. If you’re there for, say, allergies for example, this isn’t information they need to have. If you do choose to share this misc. information, it’s now part of legal documents that can be subpoenaed and used against you. Personal information about owning weapons, your mental health, your driving habits, among other things, are now coming from a valid source and in the hands of a court.

Doctors also observe and note things about your appearance and behavior. Your grooming, clothing, eye contact, speech, mood, etc. Casual conversation and off-hand things mentioned are noted. You may mention briefly that you had a bad day because your manager at work is causing you stress. Guess what, your doctor made a note of that. It’s now in your medical records that you’re stressed out at work. Remember, to stay on topic as to why you’re there at the appointment.

:open_mouth: … which kind of doctor you have?

Maybe in US, but in Europe I’ve never seen questions related to guns, seatbelts or beliefs. Also unless the doctor is your psychologist, making a note of your bad day is borderline stalker behavior. I had to fill forms with various questions, but it was always related to the visit/procedure.

Ah, yes that explains your reaction. There are a lot of differences between US and European healthcare, including costs.

I have a private mailbox for anything linked to my legal name, and otherwise have set it up so all mail that comes to where I live is under an alias I generated. Online shopping, etc. Privacy.com cards are amazing for this.

One sort of biggie is to be a bit more circumspect with what you share about yourself and your activities in an online public forum. For most users of open social media it is trivially easy to hoover up a lot of information they indiscriminately share. Deciding who you would like to know what and how to ensure that is important.

The spy device / smartphone thing really bugs me. I turn off location services except when really needed. I have de-googled phones but still carry around my old iPhone for some continuity of various apps and my old too widely known number. I really need to set that up as a message & forward only number and wean people off it.

Don’t give your real associated with you phone # much less home address except when really needed. Many forms that ask for this don’t really need it and putting most anything in it will work. Or put in some burner or voip phone of yours if they may send you an SMS.

The pros say you should distinguish very close highly trusted friends from family or co-workers or mere aquaintances and share or not share accordingly.