I believe that if you make an account with any company then you should be able to delete that account. You brought up the French but I believe you meant the Spanish with their efforts to get Google to remove bad things said about people from their search results (or you could be talking about the French too). These are companies not nations. Nations can tell companies what to do (especially when it comes to the internet: China). What I am talking about is different. This isn't a negative news story that I'm trying to hide from search results. This is about being able to control and remove accounts to websites that you signed up on.
Sure some sites might make it hard to delete your account (Facebook, with their default option being to disable and you have to dig around to find out how to delete account "entirely"). You can latch onto the sue part and try to make yourself look better (get off your high horse if you ask me) but the fact is a person should be able to remove themselves from a site and not just some bullshit permaban. An individual should have the right to remove themselves entirely from any website that they sign up on.
Let me rephrase my first statement so it doesn't look like I am sue happy American.
Nations should make laws that allow users the ability to leave a site and remove all trace of their account. If companies fail to comply then they should be sued until they comply.
I'm sure they would try to at least add the feature if people asked for it nicely. That's the problem, you're not being nice about it. You have this "do this or I'll sue" attitude which is a perfect example of the sue happy american sterotype. One of the things I was trying to point out was that even if your lawsuit succeded and a judge ordered them to do something, It doesn't mean that a website would actually do it. That's why I brought up france. France constantly tries to sue websites into doing what they want but it doesn't work because the websites' servers are not in france. They simply don't comply with foreign court orders. I don't know about the spanish on this. Vgchartz is based out of the UK btw.
I don't think that governments should have any more legal reach than they do already. I like that the internet is similar to international waters. If someone is worried that their activity on website could be traced back to them, they shouldn't be on that website or try to hide it better. I'm not on a high horse. i'm in the mud on this. You want more legal overreach by governments while I do not. France is a france and they can't censor me because they simply disagree with what I said. :D haha Anyway, I completely disagree with you.
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