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Companies are hoarding personal data about you. Here's how to get them to delete it.

When it came to data deletion disclosures, things got dicier. The companies behind six of the 11 apps, including Southwest Airlines and Twitter, were not sharing how many requests they'd received and honored. Twitter said it plans to add the information. Photo by: Christoph Dernbach/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

In February, Whitney Merrill, a privacy attorney who lives in San Francisco, asked audio-chat company Clubhouse to disclose how many people had shared her name and phone number with the company as part of its contact-sharing feature, in hopes of getting that data deleted.

As she waited to hear from the company, she tweeted about the process and also reached out to multiple Clubhouse employees for help...

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