I can understand the occasional check on the bloggers' sign-in page, as much for security as for the occasional data cleansing exercise. ....... Does data cleansing happen?
I was mildly irritated to have my usually smooth pathway to my blog site hindered by Google wanting a phone number. Surely, I did not want to miss all the shimmering excitement of cell phone connections to the cyber world. Well, here's news, I sure do!
In the tiniest ever, almost diaphanous print, even smaller than that which is found in a telephone directory, I just about discovered the option to choose to click to move on without divulging a phone number. It was blatantly obvious that by such a devious, miniscule, printed option, the designers of the page intended to frustrate as many individuals as they could, in any intent to decline such a questionable magnanimous offer.
Another development, (it should not affect me) anyone with smart phones, or relatively up-to-date phones, who is a registered user of Facebook, (FB) will have their cell phone numbers published with their names and personal avatars on their friends sites. To opt out of this feature, (note, no-one was asked if they wanted to opt in) you, the Facebook user, must find the pathway to request removal of your cell phone number, which could take some time to activate, and not only that, on some phones, something else has to be switched off, or, be negated by the user. Do not ask me what has to be switched off, as I have not got the merest idea.
It begs the question as to how Facebook has access to the users' cell phone numbers. I can only assume, (though I could be wrong) that if Google is requesting their bloggers cell phone numbers, then the cell phone numbers displayed on the FB social networking site may have been supplied by the users themselves when subscribing to it. Also, if you have to request to opt out of the publicizing of your phone number amongst the vast global numbers of contacts, contacts that some people seem to collect as trophies, you have to ask what is a personal privacy setting worth. To paraphrase The English Bard, ....Trust, trust wherefore art thou?