djackson 22568 (7/18/2013)
Ah, but that is the catch. You don't own a cell number. The cell company owns it. If you transfer it to another carrier, it is still theirs to do with as they please. Think of how land lines were sold to you, then they sold the numbers to marketing companies, then they sold you call blocking, caller id, et cetera. None of these are necessary except to stop intrusions caused by the company that provides you the number!
Your name isn't yours either, because companies own their sales history, and the fact that your name bought it, and they can choose to sell it if they wish.
You are right, but humorously coincidental I had this e-mail in my inbox this morning:
July 18, 2013
Regarding Account Number: 9xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Dear Valued Customer,
The first program will make reports available to businesses. These reports will contain anonymous information about groups of customers, such as how they collectively use our products and services. The second program will use local geography as a factor in delivering online and mobile ads to the people who might find them most useful.
As always, we follow important principles to keep your trust:
We are committed to protecting your privacy.
We provide you with privacy choices.
We will not sell information that identifies you to anyone, for any purpose. Period.
We are committed to listening and keeping you informed about how we protect your privacy.
Robert W. Quinn Jr.
Senior Vice President - Federal Regulatory & Chief Privacy Officer
But I'm sure my data is still being fed to the NSA.
A little bit of this and a little byte of that can cause bloatware.