An Introduction to Google 411 - Privacy Concerns
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Does Google keep information on what I search for using Google 411?
Well, to quote Reverend Love Joy from The Simpsons, “Short answer Yes with a but, long answer no with an if.” Yes, Goog 411 may keep track of what you choose to use your free 411s to search for.
While I'm not sure why this is done, I can tell you an interesting fact about that system which can help to restore your sense of privacy and hopefully your desire to use Goog 411. If you block your phone number you can use Goog 411 without being tracked by your phone number and having data associated with your 411. Block the number and you can get away scott free no matter what you are searching for.
Two notes to international users first. The method of call blocking I'm about to discuss is meant for US-based users. The system in your nation may vary. Secondly, this system is only currently available in English and for businesses that hail from the US and Canada.
Okay, that sounds like a reasonable enough solution. How do I block my phone number?
Well, that depends on the kind of phone that you are using.
If you are using a standard (non-VoIP) landline, then you will be able to block your number by dialing *67 before the phone number.
As you know, VoIP works differently, and some features, such as 911, are handled differently. Contact your customer service or technical support staff to find out how to block your number for outgoing calls.
This will, most likely, be done by your menu system. Consult the instruction manual for your phone, its official online documentation or an authorized company representative to get instructions.
All in all, having to block your number for privacy when making a personal request is a small inconvenience when compared with the real cost savings of using Goog 411. The service number is 1-800-466-4411.
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