I am an individual who very much enjoys his privacy. I take precautionary steps in order to avoid having that privacy violated – whether by agencies unknown, advertisers, spammers or marketing companies, I would very much prefer to have my personal information and my identity remain unknown as much as humanly possible. That’s why I take advantage of various mail forwarding service to help keep my address a secret as well as cut down on the spam mail which is just as prevalent in the physical mail box as it is in a e-mail address which had been the original reason as to why I chose it.
Soon I began to realize that just like my information online is being sold and used to monitor shopping habits, much the same is done in the real world by banks and credit card companies who track their customers habits in order to focus specific advertising toward them. It’s not a surprise that this is done in both the digital and the physical but enough is enough; sometimes I feel like I don’t even know what I like and it’s all just suggestions being told to me by automated advertising algorithms! It’s a disturbing sensation to say the least.
There is very little that we can do to protect our privacy entirely. In the online world it is far easier to do this than here in the physical. With so much of our day to day finances being recorded while even trying to obtain credit is going to require a deep background search, and the same can be said for when applying for any job, your identity is closely monitored and much of who you are on file. I don’t like it. I wish it didn’t have to be like this but we have few alternatives available to us.