Re: Facial recognition is just one piece of the puzzle
You're correct, but until now there have been ways to limit exposure:
Phone tracking? I keep my phone off half the time, especially in my private flat, and use a corded phone where I can.
License plate scanners? Eh, that ship sailed a long time ago when you had to put a unique ID on the front of your car. Any moderately nosy person could just sit by the road and track cars, technology just made that bit easier. Plus it won't work against carpools, having a mate drive you somewhere, letting Wifey use the car, etc., so it's hardly a 1:1 match unless you're the only one that ever drives the car.
I just say NO to the vehicle trackers. Creepy as hell, I'll pay a bit more for my privacy thank you!
Telematics? I drive old cars for a reason, new cars are also creepy as hell.
Cell tower pings? See "phone is OFF" above.
Credit card? OK, so they know you spent X amount at Y shop, but that's theoretically the extent of it. The real problem is when the shop retains the records of what you bought too.
Toll passes? Same as license plate trackers, not exactly a 1:1 correspondence, lots of noise in that data.