FYI - Command Line Programs for the Blind

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Thu Apr 14 19:57:06 UTC 2022

it's annoying how many services insist on using a person's e-mail 
address or phone number as a unique
> identifier... its one thing if they have legitimate reason to contact you outside of their platform, but there's plenty that would function just fine knowing nothing about me beyond my username and password...

The whole reason they want a phone number or email address has nothing 
to do with unique identifiers and everything to do with marketing, 
upselling and even selling that information to other companies and 
advertising networks. It's the same reason why they collect too much 
information when you actually want a newsletter and make it hard to opt 
out when you don't want the newsletter anymore. And it doesn't matter 
whether they are providing a free service or you're paying for it. 
Either way, they want every part of you that makes you you, even to the 
point of tracking things you do online, websites you visit, things you 
buy, even all those things you talk about in your private residence. 
It's all there for companies to listen to, and is all associated with a 
name, email and phone. Just think about all of this the next time you 
turn on a computer, start a mobile phone or even plug in that cute 
little voice assistant device that looks happy to help. It's happy all 
right. Happy to collect every word you say and either market you 
something or market you to other too big to fail companies. Fortunately 
my Linux computers and servers across the interwebs and my upgraded and 
deGoogled Android phone are not collecting information about me or 
anyone else in my house, at least not on the OS level.


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