Data is a lot like humans: It is born. Matures. Gets married to other data, divorced. Gets old. One thing that it doesn't do is die. It has to be killed.
-- Arthur Miller
@anathem Depending on where you are and which set of data you're talking about you could delete it or request it be purged. But, that's often not the case, unfortunately.
@GothFvck Since Arthur Miller lived from 1915 to 2005, I surmise he could mean any data any government collected about its citizens. Starting from something like the jew register in the netherlands that has later been misused by the Nazis to governmental databases that came up every now and then since the 80s...