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Old 10. May 2013, 02:57 PM   #5 (permalink)
Joe A.TT
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Are you all saying that a person cannot sign up for an email address unless they provide another email address/phone number? In other words, these fields are now mandatory? Am I missing something?

I've had my 2 email addresses with Hotmail and GMail before they started asking for this type of information. At first, when I started receiving messages from GMail to provide such info, I simply declined to provide it and that didn't prevent me from using the regular email functions. Eventually, I provided the info because, as Anupam pointed out, there is a good and valid reason for asking you for it.

I guess, as jim pointed out, you could always give false info, particularly if it's a 'disposable' email address. However, for my really important email addresses, I think it's good thing to provide the info. I haven't seen any negatives from doing so yet.
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