When signing into my Gmail or Google Voice account, Google consistently asks me for my phone number. Of course, my first thought was “it’s my Google Voice account… don’t you already have my number?” Apparently not, but either way Google doesn’t have a current number of mine, and I intend to keep it that way. Google however, doesn’t seem to agree.
Despite skipping through the process multiple times, Google has continued to harass me with phone number requests. How many times will I have to login and skip it before Google gets the idea? Where is the opt-out button? And yes… I know you say it’s for my own good in case I lock myself out of my account. But still, no thanks.
Even after clicking the tiny skip button, a confirmation window will appear. Are you sure about skipping? Yes Google, I am. I don’t want to phone a friend, I don’t want to ask the audience, this is my final answer!
Despite Google’s improved stance on privacy, its harassing for my number would prove otherwise. If Google requires a phone number, I’m happy to give them a fake one, but I’d prefer not to. If they require my real number, I’m happy to no longer use its services.
In the famous words of billpoulin: “TO ANYONE WHO ACTUALLY WORKS FOR GOOGLE: STOP ASKING FOR MY CEL NUMBER. I AM NEVER GIVING IT TO YOU.”