The Road to Invisible

A concise, board-game-style guide to protecting your privacy rights and acheiving radical anonymity

| March-April 2000

Begin here.

  • The path to privacy is a long one. You start by reading The Privacy Rights Handbook, by Beth Givens (Avon, 1997) and monitoring privacy news (


  • Stop direct mail by sending your name and address (all versions) to Mail Preference Service, Direct Marketing Association, Box 9008, Farmingdale, NY 11735-9008.


  • Refuse to fill out warranty cards. (Warranties remain in force.) Patronize card-free supermarkets ( ). When you buy by phone, say: “Do not rent, sell, or trade my name and address.”


  • OOPS. You called an 800 number. The Automatic Number Identification System tags you for direct marketers.


  • Stop the telemarketers: Send name, address, and phone number to Telephone Preference Service, DMA, Box 9014, Farmingdale, NY 11735-9014.