I try to avoid big internet companies (big tech) and try to find decentralized and/or open source alternatives.
I use a password manager with unique usernames and generated, complex passwords.
A lot of accounts have accumulated in the last 10+ years and I wonder why do I have to delete an account instead of simply no longer using it?
As is known, the corporations never really delete any data, but set a flag "deleted". One can also assume that they will continue to sell and analyze the collected data.
In the case of leaks/hacks my account could not be affected. Are there any other reasons related to privacy? I am mainly talking about accounts without public postings.
The companies intentionally make deleting accounts very time-consuming and difficult. Is it worth the effort? Why?