2017-03-17

Anonymous: How To Disappear From The Internet (podcast) & Data-Fusion

Above: a March 2016 TechRepublic podcast, How to disappear from the internet with Frank Ahearn. Ahearn is an expert on finding people, a professional social engineer, who says:
“Pretexting is like dating. You call, you ask, and somebody says no? Okay, fine, you wait. Or maybe ask somebody else. For the right amount of money, I can find anybody. And the best way to find people, is to first learn how to disappear."
OK, I Get It, None of My Data is Safe. But I Did Something Nasty that Helps a Lot | WolfStreet.com"In 2016, the number of US data breaches tracked by ITRC soared 40% year-over-year, to an all-time high of 1,093 ... I did something nasty, something the industry hates: I put a “credit freeze” on my data at the three credit bureaus – Equifax, Transunion, and Experian – after which only financial institutions with which I already did business continue to have access to the data. It blocks all others from gaining access to this data. Hence, it’s nearly impossible for them, or even for me, to open new credit in my name."

The Unintended Consequences of Transparent Lives:  "... Our ICTs [information and communication technologies] also make our lives more transparent and accessible; not only for family and friends, but also for governments and corporations. This subjects us to diminished privacy and more control. Developments like these are affecting our degree of freedom ..."

"Because state laws do not clearly define residency, making a false registration case can be difficult."--During his political rise, Stephen K. Bannon was a man with no fixed address | WashingtonPost.com--In the digital age, when most Americans leave a clear footprint of their whereabouts, Bannon left a meandering trail filled with ambiguity, contradictions and questions. The Post found that Bannon left a negligible footprint in Florida. He did not get a Florida driver’s license or register a car in the state. He never voted in Florida, and neighbors near two homes he leased in Miami said they never saw him. His rent and utility bills were sent to his business manager in California.

This Company Has Built a Profile on Every American Adult | Bloomberg.com: "The most important tools for America’s 35,000 private investigators are database subscription services ... IDI [ididata.com | @IDIData ], a year-old company in the so-called data-fusion business, is the first to centralize and weaponize all that information for its customers. The Boca Raton, Fla., company’s database service, idiCORE, combines public records with purchasing, demographic, and behavioral data. Chief Executive Officer Derek Dubner says the system isn’t waiting for requests from clients—it’s already built a profile on every American adult, including young people who wouldn’t be swept up in conventional databases, which only index transactions. “We have data on that 21-year-old who’s living at home with mom and dad,” he says."
Anonymous speech is firmly protected by the First Amendment and the Supreme Court, and its history in the U.S. dates to the Federalist Papers, written in 1787 and 1788 under the pseudonym Publius by three of the founding fathers. But the technical ability for people to remain anonymous on today’s internet, where every scrap of data is meticulously tracked, is an entirely different issue.--theintercept.com


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