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How your privacy gets cooked by those restaurant waitlist apps


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Patience is a virtue. It could also protect your data.

"Giving up your phone number might not seem like a big deal, but it's linked to a plethora of information.

Phone numbers are often listed in databases from information brokers, and they're also frequently tied to social media accounts on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

"The cellphone number is quickly becoming the new Social Security number in the digital age," said Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst with the American Civil Liberties Union.

The extra convenience while waiting for a table at the restaurant isn't worth that privacy trade-off, he added.

Having access to that phone number is also ripe for abuse from restaurants. In March, Greenbush Brewery tweeted out that it still had a customer's name and phone number from the waiting list app after kicking the person out for drinking too much."


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6 hours ago, crockett said:


So you are a girl after all!



If that is an actual number it would have to be a cell, as Commerce Twp is not in the 313 area code, it would be 248 I believe.  313 is Detroit and a few suburbs around it, since about the 80's.

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