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Can you disappear in surveillance Britain?
The Times ^ | Jean-Paul Flintoff

Posted on 04/17/2010 9:19:42 AM PDT by ventanax5

Back in January last year, David Bond packed a rucksack, kissed his pregnant wife Katie and toddler Ivy, climbed into his Toyota Prius and drove away from home. Nobody knew where he was going – he didn’t even know himself. One thing he was sure about was this: “I’m going to leave my life behind and disappear,” he said.

A 38-year-old Oxford graduate with a solid if unspectacular career in media, Bond wasn’t your typical runaway. But then, you might have said the same about Will Smith in Enemy of the State, or Robert Donat in The 39 Steps – two of Bond’s favourite films. For Katie, left alone with a toddler, his disappearance could not have come at a worse time. “I had to juggle the childcare and work,” she says, “and I was seven and a half months pregnant.”

Bond might never have thought of running away if he’d not received a letter, some months earlier, informing him that his daughter was among 25 million Britons whose records had been lost by the Child Benefit Office, along with bank details and other private information.

(Excerpt) Read more at women.timesonline.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: bigbrother; bond; data; disappear; erasingdavid; freedom; movie; spy; surveillance

1 posted on 04/17/2010 9:19:42 AM PDT by ventanax5
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To: ventanax5

weird


2 posted on 04/17/2010 9:26:30 AM PDT by DontTreadOnMe2009 (So stop treading on me already!)
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To: ventanax5

“Pretending to be Bond, they set up a new Facebook page, using the alias Phileas Fogg, and sent messages to his friends, suggesting that this was a way to keep in touch now that he was on the run. Two thirds of them got in contact. As a result, the investigators were able to crash parties and find out more about Bond in conversation.”

Whoa.


3 posted on 04/17/2010 9:36:27 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: ventanax5

We’re letting it happen here, too.


4 posted on 04/17/2010 9:38:50 AM PDT by wastedyears (The Founders revolted for less.)
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To: All

I highly recommend that FReepers read the entire article.


5 posted on 04/17/2010 9:39:58 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: ventanax5

Interesting, thought-provoking read. Thanks for posting it.


6 posted on 04/17/2010 9:46:26 AM PDT by KJC1
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To: ventanax5

Yes, if your face happens to look like all those images we see of criminals’ faces blurred out for privacy’s sake.


7 posted on 04/17/2010 10:09:54 AM PDT by Gaffer ("Profling: The only profile I need is a chalk outline around their dead ass!")
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To: ventanax5

i like the detail about the prius


8 posted on 04/17/2010 10:19:47 AM PDT by skintight buffoonery
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To: ventanax5

scary


9 posted on 04/17/2010 10:21:37 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: wastedyears
coming soon..... Obamacare??

"The National Health Service is unrolling a multibillion-pound IT project that will upload millions of patients’ medical records on to a database, freely accessed by 250,000 NHS staff and, to a lesser degree, by private health companies, council workers, commercial researchers and ambulance staff. Letters are going out now, strongly urging us all to allow this and making it as hard as possible to opt out."
10 posted on 04/17/2010 10:22:50 AM PDT by Enchante (Obama and Brennan think that 20% of terrorists re-joining the battle is just fine with them)
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To: ventanax5

So, can we hire the detectives to dig up the real scoop on Obama?


11 posted on 04/17/2010 10:23:00 AM PDT by Clock King (There's no way to fix D.C.)
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To: ventanax5

Terrifying how much government knows about us.

We need a new book, 2084. The government has gone beyond the book 1984.

The only good news for us is that the government is drowning in a vertual tsunami of information about us. If they want to go after a single individual or a group, they can nail you in short order. They have tons of information on you. But there is so much information to cull and process, they will never have the manpower to go after people in great numbers. They are drowning in information.

Our best chance for privacy is no longer anonymity, but to bury the government in so much virtual information, they simply get lost in it all.


12 posted on 04/17/2010 10:23:11 AM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Bye bye Miss American Freedom. When did we vote for Communism?)
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To: ventanax5
H.M. Government Public Service Film No. 42: "How Not To Be Seen"
13 posted on 04/17/2010 10:24:43 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ventanax5

Publicity stunt to help him sell his upcoming book.

If he had really wanted to disappear he sure wouldn’t have kept in touch with his wife.


14 posted on 04/17/2010 10:25:18 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Overproduction, one of the top five worries of the American Farmer each and every year..)
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To: Clock King
So, can we hire the detectives to dig up the real scoop on Obama?

Good one!

15 posted on 04/17/2010 10:58:39 AM PDT by AZLiberty (Yes, Mr. Lennon, I do want a revolution.)
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To: ventanax5

Well daaaaa,

PREGNANT WIFE...not permitted in UK (except for alternative religions). No wonder this guy fled...first, he married someone from the opposite sex, then got her pregnant IN WEDLOCK.

This guys is a damn VICTORIAN, he better scram.

(England today, by BobL)


16 posted on 04/17/2010 11:17:09 AM PDT by BobL
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To: ventanax5

This guys attempt was lame at best and copied the guy at wired who really did a terrific job.


17 posted on 04/17/2010 3:51:16 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: dfwgator

lol


18 posted on 04/17/2010 3:52:51 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: CodeToad; Myrddin; RFEngineer

David Bond seems rather kooky, but it’s a good article overall about disappearing in a surveillance state.


19 posted on 04/26/2010 5:41:31 AM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Vendome

Got a link to the wired piece? Or a title, etc? Sounds interesting.


20 posted on 04/26/2010 5:42:38 AM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Travis McGee

One of the best is a disguise that causes computer face recognition systems to see your eyes and chin in different places. Those are the two easiest changes to confuse computer systems. Changing hair color, length, facial hair, stance, jewelry, clothing styles, etc. also help a person to get lost.


21 posted on 04/26/2010 7:11:49 AM PDT by CodeToad
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To: Travis McGee

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/missing-wired-magazine-writer-evan-ratliff-found/story?id=8540863

3 pages long

Look at the comments section


22 posted on 04/26/2010 7:19:24 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Vendome

Gracias muchissimo!


23 posted on 04/26/2010 10:26:30 AM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Travis McGee

For later.


24 posted on 04/26/2010 10:28:50 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: CodeToad; Lurker; Squantos

This has the making of a great “reality TV show.”

Sort of “Digital Mantracker.” The contestents get a short head start and have to stay in the 48 states. The winner will be the trackers who catch runners, and the runners who evade capture.

Put 100K or higher bounties on the runners, and you’ll get some motivated mantrackers. Do the same as a reward for runners who go uncaptured and you’ll get good runners.


25 posted on 04/26/2010 10:41:05 AM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Travis McGee

De Nada! Yo habla

Que Tiene Buen Fin Dia


26 posted on 04/26/2010 10:46:47 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Travis McGee

I’d take that challenge! Make it a 30 day challenge. Hell, make it a 1 year challenge.


27 posted on 04/26/2010 11:39:30 AM PDT by CodeToad
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To: RikaStrom

ping


28 posted on 04/26/2010 11:53:22 AM PDT by RikaStrom (Pray for Obama - Psalm 109:8 "Let his days be few; and let another take his place of leadership.")
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To: Vendome

Como no!


29 posted on 04/26/2010 11:55:14 AM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: CodeToad

It’d make a hell of a reality show.


30 posted on 04/26/2010 11:55:44 AM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Travis McGee

Es Verdad, tambien


31 posted on 04/26/2010 12:09:31 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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