Managing your privacy online #3 – Google and your phone number

The easiest way to merge information about individuals is by having a common attribute that can be used to identify and then link information that shares a common feature – email address, phone number, social security number etc.

To limit how Google links data to your phone number go to

‘Help people connect with you’ should be renamed ‘Help Google link you to your contacts and networks’

In the ‘Help people connect with you’ section make sure these settings are turned off. If you want people to have a (slightly) harder task of finding you with your phone number you should also turn this setting off.

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