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Re: Disable user's ability to delete themself
Reply #3 - Jun 15th, 2009 at 4:40am
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OH Eng wrote on Jun 15th, 2009 at 3:57am:
Enabling this option can put your forum in violation of US Telecommunications law or state laws regarding retention of private information.Two large firms in the US had their sites shut down just in the past month for not allowing internet users to delete information they placed on their websites (by submitting information required to sign up).

I am not an attorney and this is not legal advice, but:
I don't think this is of any concern from a legal standpoint.  Even if a user may not delete himself/herself, s/he can still remove all private information.  The only private information required for sign-up is an email address, and that can easily be changed to any random address (real or not).  Any other required info is private only if the admin has enabled Extended Profiles, and even then that info can be replaced with fake info.  Since none of the user info is retained except in backups (whence the user's self-deletion wouldn't matter anyway), the user has the ability to remove all private info even if s/he can't delete his/her account entirely.

I'm not a lawyer so I could always be wrong, but I think that being able to remove or fake all private info fully satisfies these restrictions, which don't state that a user must be able to delete an entire account, but only private info.

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Re: Disable user's ability to delete themself
Reply #2 - Jun 15th, 2009 at 3:57am
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Warning for users in the US:  Consult an attorney before you enable this feature.  Enabling this option can put your forum in violation of US Telecommunications law or state laws regarding retention of private information.  Two large firms in the US had their sites shut down just in the past month for not allowing internet users to delete information they placed on their websites (by submitting information required to sign up).

One upset user and $65 gets a court order blocking your entire domain (all of them) until it gets resolved in court (months).





  

 
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Re: Disable user's ability to delete themself
Reply #1 - Jun 15th, 2009 at 12:03am
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Added checkbox to dis/enable users from deleting them self.

New files in SVN.
  

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Disable user's ability to delete themself
May 8th, 2009 at 5:06pm
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On the big forums admins fight with the user's clons. But YaBB allows users to delete themself in the profile. So, when bad-bad some user needs to "start from the beginning again", he just delete his profile. It is horrible!

Needed the enable/disable user self-deletion checkbox in admin center. It is 10 minutes of work. On my forum, I just killed this button in code.
  

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