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    Default New gmail accounts require a phone no!

    I tried to open a new gmail account today - I say tried, because as part of the "verification" process in the ongoing "battle against spam" google now say they require a telephone number to which they will either send a voice or text message. No number - no account!

    So as I'm not giving google my phone number I ended up having to open a hotmail account.

    Talk about data mining ...
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    Scary! Just think about all those young ones out there giving out their home phone without permission from the parents!
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    There seems to be a way around this, by having someone who is already signed up to invite you .. Google to require mobile phones for Gmail signup? - VKI Studios Blog


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    Thanks for the link Canuck.

    In the thread, someone said they just tried several times and it eventually went through without requesting a number, so I tried again today and it was accepted first time with no number request. Looks like it may be random for the moment but I'll definitely be using another service if this became mandatory.
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    but I'll definitely be using another service if this became mandatory.
    you and a lot of others .. me included ... this need for personal information has gone too far in my opinion. Here in Canada we have a Privacy Commissioner who has taken on Facebook and others to protect us in this new world of instant information. She is a very tenacious lady and has made a lot of progress in the area of privacy protection. The young people out there who freely give their own info will some day regret it and as we've heard, once it's on the net you can't get it back.


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    I signed up for a Gmail account before Christmas and had to do the text thing. It didn't worry me, and I've never had spam. If the alternative is Hotmail or Yahoo.... I'll go for the text.

    I feel sometimes we are a bit too suspicious.

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    Hi Arraknid - not too suspicious, just getting mightily fed up of having to provide personal information all the time. I like my privacy and don't believe any company has the right to arbitrarily demand information from me for the most spurious reasons.

    It's happening all the time now - a bit of information here ... a bit of information there ... I think providing personal information, no matter how small it may appear to be initially, is becoming so ubiquitous that the younger generation are growing up with no concept of privacy at all. And that's a worrying trend in my opinion.
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    The good thing about providing a valid telephone number is the way this helps cut out Spam.

    Annominous accounts are used all the time to send this stuff out, with no real means of bringing the account holder to account for the actions of the account.
    Providing a tephone number is not too much to ask in my opinion, and in fact still is not enough!

    Email is becoming a big problem, and in my opinion, just like a home telephone number or any other ways to communicate, more should be done to prevent fraud in these areas, making sure propper identification of the person applying is arranged.

    In my opinion, the internet should be annominous, but only to others using the internet. Should something be amiss, then a way to identify the persons involved should always be available to the propper authorities.

    Sadly, this simply is not happening, and in my personal opinion, should be.

    I'm all for anonimity to the masses, but if i attempt to do something wrong, i expect to be held accountable.

    On another note, i'd love a little text message from my provider should a concern be made apparent with regards the use of my email account, and can only see this being a good thing.
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