To cut a long story short. OpenAndroidAlliance is a step in the right direction, and so is Orbot. 1. What is being tracked by google? What is being sent to google. Is there a cookie equivalent, like a way to uniquely identify an android device via the IMEI or else during browsing the web? 2. Are phone contacts really stored @ Google? Is there no way to disable this? 3. Are the Android-App sites a good alternative to the Market? 4. Is there a way to bypass the Gmail / google Account BS via root? I want this device to be mine. I don't intend to participate in corporate clouds. Hype on.