Creating privacy begins with locating digital information that can connect and pierce your offline world. In my skip tracing (finding people) days I touted that, information was the greatest tool and I still believe such, however, the availability of information and the obsession of connecting people and information is dangerous and can be deadly.
If you are working on your privacy, you must begin with the digital information. In the past I was primarily focused on your information, however, I have broadened my scope. The digital world is all about connecting. It connects information to people, people to people and past to present. There are two strategies, the first is being able to look beyond your own information and locate if other people’s information can pierce your privacy. The second and most important is being able to determine how your own digital information connects you to your offline world (home). Think connections!
Now this is not a digital to digital search but a digital to flesh and bones search. It is the information discovered on the internet which will be used to hunt you. Such as, your mothers phone number, your daughter in college or a photo of you on a boat in Port Hercule de Monaco. It is these digital items which displays something in the non-digital world and leads a predator to the tangible. Until you combat these digital footprints there is no privacy protection.
I offer my clients a Digital Search Report where I search out their digital information and determine if the digital can connect to their offline life. The connected information is usually combated with digital disinformation.
Frank M. Ahearn – Digital Search Report