Privacy isn’t about hiding something. It’s about being able to control how we present ourselves to the world. It is the right to keep things to yourself. It’s about personal dignity. The protection of our personal information, online and in the physical world, has never been more important. Law enforcement professionals, military personnel, whistle-blowers, and every citizen needs to understand the threats to their safety due to the relentless collection of personal data. There are many ways to take control of what information is available about you, how it is shared, and to remove data that may compromise your safety or identity. This is not a one stop shop; but rather a collection of resources that help us understand the issues affecting our privacy, and strategies to control what the Internet knows about us.
Those who know me best often refer to me as “the privacy guy” when they are being kind. Otherwise, I have been called a “spook” or a clandestine federal agent embedded inside the organization to collect intelligence. I am the guy who finds a way to share tips on staying under the radar at unexpected moments during conversations with coworkers, and who goes home to an undisclosed location to wear a tin foil hat during my off hours. In my line of work you need to have thick skin; and taking the occasional jabs due to my enthusiasm for privacy goes with the territory. This blog exists because many of my closest friends and colleagues convinced me to begin sharing information online about my research into these topics. To all of these amazing people in my life, thank you for the inspiration and your willingness to learn more.
Credit Where Credit Is Due:
Several years ago a respected colleague of mine, Michael Bazzell, literally wrote the book called “Hiding From The Internet”. In 2016, The Complete Privacy & Security Desk Reference (Volume I) was released, coauthored by Justin Carroll. Michael and Justin are known worldwide for their expertise, and for training military and law enforcement personnel on all aspects of privacy, security, and open source intelligence techniques. Their willingness to share this unique knowledge has inspired me and many others who desire a greater level of security for their personal information. Thank you Michael and Justin for blazing the trail.