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# Please allow a user to permanently delete their account

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Please allow a user to permanently delete their account, without the current mechanic of writing an email to the support, writing another email for approval, etc.

Please just have a simple button to permanently delete the account.

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Deletion itself needs some changes too. (3 comments)
Probably a dupe (1 comment)

# Comments on Please allow a user to permanently delete their account

I completely agree with you. 1. You own your data. 2. Your account is your data. 3. (1)+(2) => Y...
Zakk‭ wrote 5 months ago:

I completely agree with you.

(3) (1)+(2) => You own your account. (3) (1)+(2) => You own the data you put into your account.

(4) You have the right to do anything with what you own, including (but not limited to) getting rid of it.

(5) (3)+(4) You have the right to do anything with your account, including (but not limited to) getting rid of it. (5) (3)+(4) You have the right to do anything with the data you put into your account, including (but not limited to) getting rid of it.

deleted user wrote 5 months ago:

About 4, I a refrain of using this general saying; I'd phrase it "that" instead "anything" to be clear even to a child that the saying goes for a Codidact account (as done in clause 5).

Otherwise, I agree.

Zakk‭ wrote 5 months ago:

deleted user How would you phrase it then? I don't see how to replace "anything" with "that" in this context.

sau226‭ wrote 5 months ago:

Point 1: You don't "own" your account per se, you are using an external service, so you are granted a license to use that service. We are not as legally wordy as most services are, but most larger sites only grant you a revocable license to use their site. If the site revokes your license to use it, bar any legal obligation, they are able to hold onto your data if there is a legitimate need to protect against spam/abuse. There is no absolute "ownership" of data on the internet.

Point 4: You don't. Even if you have full ownership of an item, there are certain acts that may be prohibited by law which you could use the item in relation to. In addition, even the GDPR and similar laws have exemptions for exercising the right of freedom and expression and for legal purposes in data erasure provisions. For instance, hypothetically data from an abusive or malicious user may be retained to defend against any claims made by that user, or to prosecute a claim against the user.

Zakk‭ wrote 5 months ago:

sau226‭

You don't "own" your account per se, you are using an external service, so you are granted a license to use that service.

I don't want to get into legal details here, yes, you are granted a license. But the information or the data you put into your account is yours. That's what I meant by "you own your account". Maybe I should edit that to make more sense.

Point 4: You don't. Even if you have full ownership of an item, there are certain acts that may be prohibited by law which you could use the item in relation to.

Certain acts are an exception (and maybe this is another good reason to retain user data for some time after the deletion request). Again, I don't want to get into legal details. The reasoning above is to justify why there should be a Delete Account functionality, not to discuss legal obligations.