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Sat, Aug. 23rd, 2008 05:47 am
Thanks to Facebook, I'm connected to the indigenous peoples of Northern Canada

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imomus
imomus
imomus
Sat, Aug. 23rd, 2008 11:31 am (UTC)



Difficult in 1978, pretty much impossible in 2008. I'm told it's impossible to delete a Facebook account, only deactivate it.


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dogsolitude_v2
dogsolitude_v2
dogsolitude_v2
Sat, Aug. 23rd, 2008 12:53 pm (UTC)

Have a nose through the Data Protection Act. The fifth principle states that information should not be kept any longer than necessary, so you may be able to get them to remove your details (and by extension your account) if you're not using it and they have no need to process it.

In any case, you should have right of access to any data they keep about you.

From a technical standpoint there should be no reason why they can't delete a profile, or at least fill in the fields on their database with null values.

Sadly we live in a world where data is being collected for the sake of it (at least I hope that's the only reason!). We need to get spiky about our personal data and start kicking up if we don't like something that's going on.


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drywbach
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Sat, Aug. 23rd, 2008 03:14 pm (UTC)

I have Facebook. (It's useful at times, but I'm not very comfortable about it, not least because I'm a little concerned about the politics of the investors). I keep the profile pretty bland for the reason you mention about having normally distinct groups coming together there.

Even if you think you're fairly uncomplicated irl, you can end up having to compartmentalise your life online in order not to cause offline problems. I don't think it's paranoid, not when everything you say online remains crystalised, no matter how much you personally change and learn and grow. Something that seems natural, prudent and even considerate irl -- like, idk, not discussing sex or geeky/fannish subjects with certain friends (or with your boss!) -- suddenly becomes a devious act because, instead of simply not doing something in some situations, you may have to create a separate identity in order to carry on being something like yourself. Long term, perhaps it'll lead to less censorious, more realistic attitudes to human behaviour, but stand by for more stone-casting before then.

(I have this image in my mind of online communities of mostly pretty innocuous, even likeable, Mr and Ms Hydes talking to one another).


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(Anonymous)
Sun, Aug. 24th, 2008 03:15 am (UTC)

Didn't realise that about mixi...

Still, there's always, erm, Sexi.

http://sexi-sns.net/


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(Anonymous)
Sun, Aug. 24th, 2008 03:17 am (UTC)

A clear case of the pakkuris, eh


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