Meghan Kelly reports on disposable mobile phone number app that launched today:
Burner launched today, an app that gives you one-off numbers that go dark after you’re done using them. But what happens when those numbers are used by criminals? The privacy-focused company says it is ready to deal with illicit behavior, and will comply with U.S. court orders.
“Burner is a very focused product around anonymity and privacy,” said Burner chief executive Greg Cohn in an interview with VentureBeat. “Part of the reason we’re doing this company is because we’re privacy advocates.”
Burner lets you buy a number to use for a certain amount of time before it is “burned” or goes inactive. Think of Craigslist transactions. You don’t want that guy who tried to sell you a crappy TV to have your real number sitting around. A Burner number allows you to cut off ties from that person quickly, and keeps you identifying information out of their hands.
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It would be helpful if that statement were more specific about for how long user data are retained following non-renewal or deletion, and what types of user data are retained for them to “reconcile their records” or manage their business.
Depending on your motives for using a disposable number, this might be a useful app, but if you’re doing anything illegal or worried about repressive regimes, it will probably not afford you the protection you might want.