Does Google care about my security?
For a long time I've resisted Google's Gmail admonition at login, saying: "Help us keep your account secure. Just enter your mobile phone number, and we'll let you know if we notice unusual activity in your account." And, as more time goes by and more news comes out about how our privacy is routinely trashed, I am all the more glad I have not given them my phone number, which is 201-555-0007 (not!).
I heard recently that the ability to connect a person with a cellphone number is absolute gold to the snoopers. If they can tie the content of your emails and basically who and what you are with the other big "W", WHERE YOU ARE, then almost anything is possible.
So, I have to wonder if Google cares the least about my security and privacy. I propose that Google is actually vacuuming up phone numbers as just another way to totally monitor us--or to trade that information to others in exchange for favors--tangible or political? What do you think?