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I can't imagine those taking off without legislation. Making it easier to change passwords is more or less in the interest of the companies who make web sites; making it easier to delete accounts or export all of your data, by comparison, is not.





Until users decide that the businesses interests of the companies that run the websites they use are less important than their own interests these features will never catch on. How about we stop using websites that fail to implement things that are good for us?

In fact, someone could write a browser plugin to put a screen between the user and the website that states "This website fails to implement .well-known link. Are you sure you want to continue?" like Chrome does for sites that have borked DNS. If a reasonably large number of people used that you'd see lots of sites implement this idea without needing regulations. I'd use that.


But then how would users get to Facebook? /s

You could have that plugin have a database of sites and also provide easy links for those sites that try to hide those functions.


Well, yes. I was solely looking from a user's perspective.

> making it easier to delete accounts or export all of your data, by comparison, is not.

Isn't this mandated to be present and accessible by the GDPR anyway?


Yes but present and accessible is a low bar. For most companies you have to email support to make this happen.

I can't imagine it either, but I wish we could try to establish things like these as having signalling value. Adding a redirect there is as trivial as it could possibly be, so if this could get established as "best practice", then there would be no excuse for companies not to support it.

Ultimately, not having a clear and easy policy for cancelling the service and deleting the account only happens when the company is malicious, and attempts to exploit the user. Having this visible plain as day is something I'd love.


My employer would have no problem with it.

We are a non profit, and don't run from user donations.




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