I started watching a movie the other day called Erasing David. It was not autobiographical but it does raise some interesting points. Could you disappear for 30 days? A British man decides to test the degree to which he has lost his privacy by attempting to "unplug" from daily life and hiring two private detectives to locate him. Where can he live, eat, shop? How does he gain access to information, money and other necessities without compromising his privacy?
I deal with these issues on a daily basis. How to limit the information that is collected and stored by researchers, marketers, vendors, governments and hackers. We Americans do not value our privacy enough these days. We'll gladly give up our email address for a $5 coupon and sometimes even for less. I'd encourage everyone to spend some time and take inventory of who has what information about you. Do it for your children too. Many of the marketing and research companies make their databases available for sale, rent or trade. What seems like trivial information becomes less trivial once compiled hundreds of times over with other databases. By the way...Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and every other social media outlet is a gold mine of personal information. If you haven't read their privacy practices recently...you should. I'm not saying don't use them; just use them with the full knowledge of their true cost.