If you own property, have a loan or mortgage, served in the military, get government benefits, on the internet or have a driver’s license it is impossible to go gray! I think there are many things that you can do to reduce your “footprint” that can help keep you from setting off the PTB’s radar. Many of the things you have to do slowly so you don’t set off any red flags because of a noticeable change of patterns. If you want to start going Gray you will be inconvenienced and unable to take advantage of all technology that makes life easier if less private.
Get off social media like face book. If you are a bit curious about Web presence just google your name and you will see just how easy it is for the PTBs to track you down and learn about you. Don’t remove yourself from the web all at once as that may raise a red flag. Get off facebook, twitter or Linked In, over a couple of months. Don’t post photos or take selfies and upload them. Facial recognition is a very big thing to the PTBs. Slowly start encrypting emails and tell folks you are worried about Identity theft. Create disposable emails and aliases, use proxy servers and browsers like TOR and some of the don’t track me software. Unless you know code or get off the internet completely you will have a presence but you “may” be able to get “lost in the weeds”, along with all of the other people on the internet.
Grocery discount cards and going to mostly to cash for purchases. Use a fake name, if you put your real name on a card simply destroy the card and fill out a new application under a new name and personal information. You are not breaking any laws by creating an alias for those cards so have a little fun. Create a couple of email addresses for that persona at free email sites. Remember that security is done in layers and no one thing you do will protect your identity. No more than a single dead-bolt lock will protect your home!
I went mostly cash on my purchases in order to save money as giving away those little green pieces of paper seem more real to me compared to swiping a plastic card and if I run out, I stop spending! There are time you do want a paper trail for payment on loans and that sort of thing but pay with a check rather than a debit card and write out the item in the “For” section of your check. I suspect few companies or people pay attention to the “For” sections of checks but that is not your fault. Especially if you are making the final payment on a debt.
In the state of Idaho a concealed carry weapon permit is under your driver’s license number as well, motor/voter laws the registration of your vehicle. In the rural west it is almost impossible to get by without having a car or vehicle. Things and places you need to go are just too spread out to bike or use a bus a viable transportation option. It is your choice about what risk you are willing to do in order to live your life and what you can afford if you get caught out.
Even doing a few little privacy protection things will make life less convenient. Is it worth the hassle? I think it is worth the extra effort. Plus you can explain it all away to the” sheeples” in your life that you are doing these things for Identity Theft protection rather than prepping/survivalist stuff. People will talk, but most sheep like easy answers that don’t require much thought. So it it will be easy to explain going off face book because of Identity theft or it is no longer hip/cool or whatever the word is people are using.
A person could leave the USA but I wonder where they will go for a safe haven? I suppose if person is rich enough they maybe welcomed in nearly any country. I make less than $20,000 per year and I doubt many countries will welcome a disabled person on a limited income. I’m stuck fighting it out here in my way. If you can get away safely, do it! You will have problems either way but at least you have the option of choosing the problems you want to deal with daily!