Nov 14 2013, 1:07am CST | by Triszia Marie Santos
Google already talked about their KitKat feature that adds automatic caller ID for businesses that Google already has in their places database. Early next year, may be in the next January, this basic phone dialing app will also pull in the user’s Google+ profile picture to show a call recipient via the caller ID, according to the Android Central. It is an option which is on by default, as long as the user has verified his phone number through his Google account.
Users who want to hide their image can also pre-emptively disable anytime access by going to their own Google+ profile, clicking the image of his profile picture in the top right corner, and then hitting the “Account” link, and navigating to the “Phone numbers” subsection of the area. Now, users will get an option named “View” and they’ll need to click it. Then it will automatically provide an option to check a box for each phone number the user have registered with their services, in order to allow/disallow the use of that information for finding the user via Hangouts or any other Google Services. This feature also makes it so that other peoples may be able to see the user’s name and profile photo when the user calls them or they call the user.
This is like nowhere near as troubling as Google using someone’s profile photo in their own ads, and in fact, some users consider it a remarkably useful feature addition as someone who gets a lot of inbound calls from unknown sources they are not necessarily familiar with. The fact that it is opt-out versus opt-in probably is not ideal, and this could even surprise a lot of users who are not entirely up-to-date on what exactly Google is doing with the information they are providing. If it is an issue for you, then simply follow the steps above to either disable the option to find you via your phone number, or you can remove them entirely.
Triszia Marie Santos
Triszia Marie Santos is navigating the mobile device space for you. She is an early adopter in all things mobile and loves to write about the latest mobile trends.
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