8 ways you can be tracked while paying with cash

If you think you're off the grid when you pay cash (versus a credit card), think again. You're leaving far more digital breadcrumbs than you realize.
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People who place a high premium on privacy—and who simply don't want to tracked at all, let alone while shopping—often think they can be invisible to marketers (and everyone else) by paying cash and never using a loyalty card. Alas, in 2014, keeping a low profile isn't nearly that easy. If marketers or law enforcement want to track you, they have many ways to do it. When grocery shopping for a loaf of bread, you're likely leaving far more digital breadcrumb trails than you realize.

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