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You use a phone as a phone but that is not all it uses you for ..
Posted by Shyaku
on November 25, 2021, 9:24 pm, in reply to "Makes sense...
If a smartphone then tt knows where you are even with location services turned off, by wifi triangulation or by third-party tracking, then it pairs this with your IP plus probably a unique fingerprint of your device or its mac address or your router’s mac address, then metadata and other data from that device without a VPN (or in some cases with a VPN) has your address and name associated with it even without reverse IP lookup, then you are doxxed: Your name is linked to a profile of you, as a person, and that info is sold to data aggregators where it is available forever, and/or published freely or for a small fee in a database such as ‘MyLife’ complete with errors, that has profiled you from your communications and other activities even after you die.
That is why you have a phone. It is not a passive device. You may ONLY use it to talk to your son, but then you are simply linked to the above profile of your son and monetized thus.
You thought paying a TV licence was paying to be lied to, this is worse.