About deleted profiles still existing on the new site...

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I have never deleted my account, but I know many people who did, and would later regret it. And the answer from the moderators was always the same: ''It's been longer than a week since the deletion, all data is lost, etc...''. Then how come all of those accounts still exist with all of the data, plays, charts, shouts, friends (now followers *sigh*), profile pictures, etc...
Some of those accounts were deleted more than a year ago, and are still here, so it made me wonder. Does it mean that Last.fm is still keeping all of our data after saying they don't? And at the same time won't let people have their old profiles back? 
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Does it mean that Last.fm is still keeping all of our data after saying they don't? 
That's probably it, yes. And actually that's a common thing about sites like this. When I permanently deleted my FB account in early 2012 I made sure to save the URL of some of my pics uploaded there. Even though my account was cancelled and I could no longer log in, all those links were still alive and working until a few months ago (so, for more than 3 years!) when they finally removed them from their servers (or they just disabled the links). So yes, that's very likely the case with Last.fm too. As for why they say that "it's deleted and cannot be recovered", well, that's another question.
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Whoa, over 3 years... Well, I think Facebook finds it much harder to let go of their users. Right now you can only deactivate your account, and you can never permanently delete it (I think), so that's probably the reason why they keep the data. But it makes no sense for a site like Last.fm (where permanent deletion is possible) to tell us that our data is gone for good, when it's definitely still roaming around.
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