My home is my sanctuary.\u00a0\nMy computers (and handheld devices) all run free software systems that have been (fairly) tightly buttoned down and secured. My online documents, messaging and emails are handled either on my own servers or by companies dedicated to open source and security.\u00a0\nIs my personal information 100 percent safe and unhackable? No, but it\u2019s pretty good. And it\u2019s about as good as I can get it without making significant sacrifices in the name of privacy.\u00a0\nBut eventually I need to leave my home. And that is where things get much more difficult.\u00a0\nLet\u2019s talk, briefly, about the challenges faced when trying to maintain a certain level of personal privacy when traveling around your city.\u00a0\nI don\u2019t want to get into the issues with traveling long distances or across borders (yet), which presents a whole other set of problems. Nor am I qualified to instruct you on how to move around the city or town in which you live completely undetected by other humans. I simply do not have the Ninja training required to pull off such a feat.\u00a0\nLimiting exposure to automated data collection from cameras\nWhat I am concerned with is automated data collection and limiting my total exposure to it.\u00a0\nExample: I hop in my car and drive to the donut shop. A simple errand. Let\u2019s say the donut place I am driving to is only a few blocks away, which means I need to drive through roughly five or six traffic lights to get to my destination (then the same number on the return trip).\nTraffic cameras collect the license plate and an image of the driver of the car (in this case, me) at each intersection. These have been automated in many locales to serve multiple purposes. Some use them as \u201cred light\u201d cameras to automatically detect when someone drives through a red stop light and issue the owner of the car a ticket.\u00a0\n--------------------------------------\nFollow Bryan Lunduke\u2019s quest to make his digital life as private and secure as possible:\n\nPart 1: Making my life private and secure\nPart 2: To ensure security and privacy, open-source software is required\nPart 3: If privacy is paramount, Linux and Torare key\nPart 4: Securing your email\nPart 5: Secure and private instant messaging\nPart 6: Secure and private online file storage\nPart 7: How to limit data collection from city cameras\n\n--------------------------------------\nOther areas also use these (and other traffic cameras not located at signal lights) to automatically charge a toll for use of specific roads, bridges or lanes. Other cameras are used primarily to gauge traffic flow (and adjust on-ramp lights, etc.).\u00a0\nIf you happen to have a new(-ish) car, there\u2019s also a good chance you can be tracked by the car itself.\u00a0\nIn other words, it\u2019s a lot of data. Sometimes the data is very general and not necessarily tied to an individual. Other times that data is incredibly specific about each individual (clothes worn, direction traveling, car being used, other people in vehicle, current and overall speed, etc.).\u00a0\nMany people would argue that there are good reasons for all of these forms of monitoring. I would, respectfully, disagree with those people in the strongest of terms (though I do, also, see the potential benefits). But that\u2019s not the purpose of this article; I\u2019m not here to convince you that these cameras tracking your moves outside of your home are a bad thing.\u00a0\n3 options to improve privacy, limit monitoring in cities\u00a0\nIf you\u2019re already convinced that this sort of monitoring is not something you want to be a part of\u2014that you don\u2019t want a mountain of information about you being gathered, stored, analyzed and searched\u2014then you (and I) are really left with three options.\u00a0\n\nDon\u2019t drive cars.\u00a0\nDrive cars, but find ways to obfuscate the data and become a Ninja-like stealth driver.\nNever leave the house.\u00a0\n\nThose are not the easiest of options for most of us to swallow, but that\u2019s the reality of the world we live in.\u00a0\nClearly I want to leave the house (at least on occasion). That means item 3 is not an option. And option 2 is possibly going to land me in jail\u2014or more likely, simply not work because I would make the worst Ninja imaginable.\u00a0\nWhich leaves me with the simple, obvious solution (and the only option left): simply don\u2019t drive cars. At least not very often. And, when I do, I should drive much older cars with no tracking systems of any kind within them.\u00a0\nFor me, this solution works fairly well\u2014most of the time. I live in a big city, in a location where I can easily walk or bicycle to roughly 90 percent of the stores, doctors offices, parks, etc. that I go to on a regular basis. And I get a little exercise and fresh air in the process. Not a bad thing.\u00a0\nBut there are going to always be places I need to go that are outside the range of my bike. If I\u2019m not driving (and that includes rental cars, uber rides, etc.), that means public transit. Again, I\u2019m fairly lucky in the area I live. It has reasonably good bus coverage and excellent light rail throughout the region. And luckily, these can be paid for in good, old-fashioned cash.\u00a0\nThere are security cameras in much of the public transit. This is a slight concern, though far fewer total data points are collected this way than if I were driving a car, which is a good thing.\u00a0\nAnd in those instances when public transit isn\u2019t an option (due to the location, timing, weather, etc.), then, well, I can drive a car\u2014which opens me up to all of the various bits of data collection I outlined earlier.\u00a0\nYou know what? It\u2019s still a massive improvement.\u00a0\nBy driving for, let\u2019s say, only one out of five errands, I reduce the total amount of data points being collected on me by automated systems to a tiny fraction of what it would otherwise be. It\u2019s only about 20 percent.\u00a0\nIt isn\u2019t perfect, but like so much of my efforts to secure my life, it\u2019s about as good as I can get it without needing to make real sacrifices in the name of personal privacy.