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You cannot delete your account???
Posted December 11th, 2012 - 4:05 pm by from Bucharest, Romania (Permalink)
"If you deactivate your account, your profile information will become invisible to everyone. However, for safety purposes, your account data is stored permanently on our secure servers. Your data will only be accessible by trained staff members and only accessed when required for the safety of you or other members or other required legal or business purposes.

The reason this is necessary is that if any member were to commit abuse, they might want to delete their profile to remove evidence of that abuse. CS does not allow this in order to protect other members from any repeated attempt at abuse."
https://couchsurfing.zendesk.com/entries/22259906-if-i-deactivate-my-account-will-you-delete-all-of-my-information

Is there a different button, deactivate vs delete?
Where is it, anyway?
I can't wait to get enough courage and hope for a better world outside, so I can press DELETE my C$, once and for all !!!

Posted December 11th, 2012 - 4:38 pm by from Bucharest, Romania (Permalink)
I found my answer already (in the DELETE page):

"If you ever want to come back to Couchsurfing, please contact us and ask us to reactivate your profile. You'll be able to access all of your old information from our archives, such as friend links and references. Please be aware that creating a new profile is against our terms of use."

https://www.couchsurfing.org/delete_profile.html?delete=1

Fucking hell!!!

Posted December 12th, 2012 - 2:48 am by from Ottawa, Canada (Permalink)
This is actually illegal in many countries. I'm surprised it's not illegal in the U.S.

Posted December 12th, 2012 - 3:39 pm from London, England
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Posted December 12th, 2012 - 3:48 pm by from Paris, France (Permalink)
"So, if you think CS is an
isolated case, think back."


Please name 1 (one) other website which requests permanent licenses or waivers to rights, beyond what is required to provide the Services, like CS does.

Posted December 12th, 2012 - 4:56 pm from London, England
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Posted December 12th, 2012 - 5:17 pm by from Paris, France (Permalink)
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Posted December 12th, 2012 - 5:19 pm by from Paris, France (Permalink)
Keep making unnuanced statements like "deletion never means permanent removal" and confusing law with unilateral terms of use and you'll get the kind of remarks you don't like.

And I'll continue to decide myself what I admire. Writing "delete" on a button that "hides" is not among the things that I admire as honest. I suggest looking at the whole picture, not just a single sentence in some ToU document.

What's better, 60 days, or eternity?

Posted December 12th, 2012 - 5:35 pm from London, England
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Posted December 13th, 2012 - 1:21 am by from Sharon Springs, United States (Permalink)
Bruco
Thanks for pinpointing net new/old-speak. But what happens to (who controls) archived or cloud disseminated info if a company goes belly-up or otherwise ceases to exist?
seth

Posted December 13th, 2012 - 7:47 am from London, England
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Posted December 13th, 2012 - 4:20 pm by from Sharon Springs, United States (Permalink)
Bruno,
Thanks for thoughtful response. Current security concerns (fear) will likely be amplified by impending web-centric to information-centric switch. This in turn will place privacy and intellectual property issues front and center instead of hidden in obscure toa's. Whatcha think?
seth

Posted December 13th, 2012 - 5:48 pm from London, England
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