dragpyre, on 08 August 2012 - 03:36 PM, said:
I am perfectly calm, I just merely misconstrued what you had stated.
Yes, disclosing your IMEI can pose risks, but then again, when you access the Google Play store for the first time, Google takes your device name and IMEI. You can view the information they have on you in relation to your google account(s) @ http://www.google.com/dashboard
Yet again you digress and avoid issues which don't suit your argument.
Use LBE Privacy Guard to stop requests from apps for IMEI.....
make sure you side load, as getting from Market will get your IMEI, defeating the purpose!!!!
But, it is a bit far fetched to compare, in an exercise of whataboutery, collecting of IMEI by Google with the possible criminal cloning which can be the use for IMEI harvested in other ways by those less scrupulous than Google....and AFAIK, you sign up for this when you agree to T's & C's
Google use it for marketing and tracking apps to devices, and possibly for Google Voice calling, there probably are privacy issues, which can be protected by using LBE PG
Unless you actually think that Google are some International Criminal Conspiracy which invented Android as a way of collecting information from unsuspecting users