How To Protect Yourself From America’s Social Credit System

( – Most people have experienced the odd “coincidence” of having spoken about something only to see a related advertisement shortly thereafter on social media. A rising concern amongst privacy experts and Congress is how much data is being collected by social media giants and their parent companies.

Unless you take steps to insulate yourself from the prying eyes of these predatory corporations, your data is being compiled and harvested for profit, potentially to your detriment.

Anonymous purchases, private web-browsing, and encrypted communications require a myriad of extra steps which can seem daunting for most users until the process is elaborated and explained step by step.

China has an elaborate social credit system where citizens are tracked online and in the real world. Their purchases and even comments on social media are compiled into a social credit score which determines their access to services, ability to travel, and even what they can buy for dinner. The World Economic Forum boss Klaus Schwab has previously praised this technocratic level of control and expressed a desire to implement something similar worldwide.

Perhaps you’ve heard of fifteen-minute cities? Outlets like the New York Times and ABC News are already referring to criticism as a “conspiracy theory” comparing protests against them to outlandish ideas like shapeshifting lizard people.

Meanwhile, critics are concerned about the tracking of all purchases, movement, and constant surveillance inside the zone. In China, people can’t leave their districts unless their social credit score reaches a particular benchmark. Did you go to an antigovernment protest or say something derogatory about government officials on social media? Now you can’t leave your 15-minute city, so that trip to the beach is canceled.

You can help avoid this dystopian future by taking a few basic steps like having multiple email addresses for different purposes or using a service like Protonmail which allows you to generate them on demand. A proxy service or VPN for internet browsing can prevent your internet service provider and anyone to whom they may want to sell the information from monitoring your web browsing.

For more ideas on how to protect your privacy, you can sign up for a free webinar that goes into much more detail.

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