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The New York Times explores one woman's efforts to delete her credit card information from a closed account at an online retailer--finding that, in effect, it is impossible. After hearing of large-scale breaches across the Internet, the woman decided that deleting the information from her closed Blockbuster account would be a safe thing to do; however, a response from customer service informed her that the company keeps her information "for accounting purposes" and it "cannot be removed." The woman's credit card company advised her to change her account number, which she did. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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