Once a site has your personal information, there’s no turning back. There’s always going to be a record of your information on the Internet. If you’re uncomfortable with that fact, then you can slowly delete your online accounts one by one and hope that your data will follow suit.
It might take months, or a few years even, for your data to slowly be erased. Even then, there’s no guarantee that all your stuff will be erased, but at least you won’t be giving these sites any additional information.
Helping everyone out on this end is Just Delete Me. It’s essentially a collection of links that direct you to the “delete my account” pages on various online communities, stores, and social networks. The site also provides information on the level of difficulty of deleting an account.
Some sites make it easy to delete your account, while others surprisingly don’t even offer that option readily. Whether you’re thinking of doing it now or later, this is one site that you should definitely bookmark. The site also offers a Chrome extension to make it easier to delete your accounts based the site you’re currently on.
[via Red Ferret]