What personal information can be obtained given only a phone number?

What information is your phone number publicly (or privately, but with easy access) linked to?

Here is the way I am looking at it:

Your phone provider knows your name and physical address. Additionally, they may know your email address, your SSN, etc.

Disregarding the possibility for a breach of the phone provider's data, are individuals or organizations able to obtain this information? Do phone providers sell or distribute this information in any way?

closed as too broad by Xander, Iszi, schroeder Sep 1 '15 at 19:09

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    This is very country- and provider-specific. – Deer Hunter Sep 1 '15 at 18:53
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    Answer to title question: Whatever information the person who answers it can be convinced to give you. – Iszi Sep 1 '15 at 19:05
  • What about the "burner phone" concept popularized in TV and movies? Pre-pay with cash and no info can be gleaned. Are you asking about failures of process or the normal phone company processes? I think this question needs to be fleshed out a little more. – schroeder Sep 1 '15 at 19:09
  • search term for how phone providers sell customers' numbers: CPNI – drewbenn Sep 1 '15 at 19:36

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