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  •  If you think that services like Facebook, etc. (1+ / 0-)
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    should make it easy to remove an account and allow you to delete data you have entered on their sites, I will assume you will hold Markos to that same standard.

    Errinf was nuts (and more than a little entertaining) but his/her main beef is exactly the same as the one you have with Facebook.

    Also, if you truly believe that MySpace and the other outfit actually deleted all the data you told them to delete you are probably being naive.  They may have flagged them as "inactive" or something of that sort, but I would bet a lot of money those data still exist on their servers, and  there are probably several versions/copies of the that data in at least two (and probably more) different physical locations.

    •  dKos FAQ: (1+ / 0-)
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      Accounts are forever, or at least as long as DailyKos remains in existence. Don't ask to have your account deleted. Especially, don't publicly demand that your account be deleted, as this is virtually certain to lead to large amounts of mockery. See GBCW.

      •  I'm not sure of your point (0+ / 0-)

        in providing me with a blockquote from the dKos FAQ.  I'm fully aware of it, and the ridicule and scorn heaped upon those who ask for their dKos accounts to be deleted, etc.

        My point was merely that the author of this story/diary is complaining that his/her Facebook account is almost but not quite as permanent as any dKos account and seemed to be heaping scorn on them for doing exactly what dKos does... i.e., making it hard to delete data entered on their site.  Yet the piece contains no mention of how similar that is to Markos's policy here which, apparently, is A-OK and peachy keen with everyone except a few nutcases.  I'm having a hard time seeing why the author is incensed about the facebook thing and apparently not at all concerned about the same or similar treatment here.

    •  They probably couldn't delete it if they wanted (0+ / 0-)

      Data retention policies/laws and the like. You're right on the money -- you get a flag that disables your account from public view, but I hardly imagine they'd go through the trouble of completely removing it from all of their databases.

      And of course, backups. If they don't have daily offsite backups, they simply aren't competent. :)

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