Protecting your privacy always entails balancing convenience against the level of privacy you desire. Here are some topics to consider:
1. “Snail” Mail – Do you place your return address in the upper right-hand corner of envelopes you mail? Did you know that with minimal hurdles federal agents can request a “mail cover” through the U.S. Postal Service, which entails transcribing every bit of information on the outside of an envelope addressed to a target of their investigation, including return address and postmark information? Consider that using the recipient address for the return address rather than your own name and address would eliminate your personal information from being discovered through the use of a “mail cover”.
3. Financial Support – Do you support with your financial contributions people or organizations who blow the whistle on federal or state government corruption or illegal activities? Have you considered that your credit card or check donation is traceable through the banking system? Although a bit more inconvenient, consider using a money order made payable to the organization but blank as to your name or address. Most grocery stores, many convenience stores and the U.S. Postal Service sell money orders. Of course, purchasing the money order with cash will provide an additional layer of privacy as well.