There’s quite a bit of talk lately about how much information the government knows about you.
Turns out it’s a lot.
A lot more than most of us thought.
If you don’t want the government snooping on your phone calls, emails and how many hours you spend playing Angry Birds, there are many ways you can keep your private life private.
Of course, you could disconnect from the world, pitch a tent in the middle of nowhere and live off the land. But that is not an option for most of us.
The truth is, there is a lot of information out there about you — and it’s widely available. And not just to the government.
Whether you know it or not (trust me, I do this for a living), you leave a very public trail of information — from the time you are born (birth record) to the time you die (death certificate) and everywhere in-between, including records of any marriages, divorces, school attendance, property purchases, vehicle registrations, driver’s licenses, professional licenses, voter registrations, business filings, etc.
The list goes on.
While some of these things may be difficult to avoid (try getting around without a government ID or driver’s license), here are some tips to keep …read more