Cohn says the company is “hyperaware” of the threat that criminals pose, be they harassers or more nefarious types.
He won’t say if it has any particular trouble so far, but the company does not hold an Apple-esque line in protecting users’ privacy at all costs.
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Craigslisting: Phone numbers, relative to the phones they’re associated with, are pretty dumb, Cohn says. Starting a small business: Among Burner users, Cohn says, are people who just launched food trucks or charter boats and don’t have a place to keep a landline for the business—but do want a separate number to look more professional and to know when an incoming call is for business or for pleasure.
The same logic goes for grassroots political campaigning or running your shop on Etsy or booking gigs for your fledgling band.
And some of those using the latter are happy couples who give out the number on their wedding day.
Guests can text photos to the burner number and they will be auto-logged into a Dropbox folder.
“If law enforcement were to come after your information on our network, under a certain set of circumstances that we think are appropriate, we would comply,” he says.