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How to cheat an invasive system

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Posted September 4th 2012 at 01:25 AM by BDF
Updated September 4th 2012 at 01:37 AM by BDF

So my dislike towards this authoritarian system where our privacy rights are being curbed in the name of counter-terrorism has been growing. It was recently provoked by me being treated like a criminal at the airport for having 2,000 "undeclared" on me in cash, travelling within the EU. Firstly, I don't need to declare any amount of money when travelling within the EU, and travelling outside, I can take up to 10,000 (about 8,000 I think) without declaring. Yet they picked on me for whatever fucking reasons. It wasn't because I didn't declare 2,000, and they knew it. It was just a bullshit excuse they used and I told them so. The attitude didn't help, although it couldn't make things much worse anyway. I got questioned from my place of birth to how I got to the airport.

So here I'll be putting down ideas as I remember them on how to cheat the system and keep your privacy to yourself as much as possible. There is probably an endless list, so it's impossible for me to remember in one go, although my memory's refreshed every time I deal with this shit.

Some of the MOST basic:

1. Use bank cards as little as possible. Everything you spend your money that way is logged and recorded. The best thing to use is plain cash. If someone asks you why you have "a lot" of cash on you, just say "because I'm rich". No one can argue with that.

2. Don't throw away bank receipts for large cash withdrawals. If you're ever for whatever reason stopped and questioned about the money you have on you, just produce one of those receipts. The more recent, the better, although any receipt should be good enough. I threw away my bank receipt for 2,000... and with it things would have been 10x faster and easier.

3. Avoid doing shopping online if it is something personal or private that you are buying. Firstly, online shopping almost always requires bank cards. Secondly, it's not clear what bullshit might be going on in the background, and what information various companies are required to share with "the state" (this includes internet providers). If you have another way, use it. Personally, I like to buy things abroad on holiday in countries such as Poland where none of this shit exists, main reason being that they don't have the technology. Then I either take it myself by car when I return with my parents or send it by post.

4. Overseas bank accounts are often good for privacy, although it is very important to check how things work, what documents you need, and what flexibility you are given with your own money. There are many countries which impose strict limits on how much money you are allowed to take out of their country. Online banks are usually the easiest to apply to.

Why am I doing this? Because I'm sick of it. This is almost a rant. I and everyone else has a right to privacy and fuck anyone who thinks otherwise. I'm entitled to be left the fuck alone if I'm not doing anything wrong. I'm finding this police state increasingly provoking.
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