If you value your privacy, you may have decided to cancel your Facebook account. You may even think you’ve already done that by deactivating your account. If so, you’d be mistaken.
It’s fairly easy to go to Facebook and “deactivate” your account. Probably because doing so doesn’t actually delete your information. It only removes your page from public view. All your info is still there, waiting to be reactivated and still accessible to Facebook for their use or abuse. To actually remove your information, you must “cancel” your account. (Beats me why anyone would want to deactivate an account; I’ll bet everyone who’s done so thought they were deleting/canceling their account.)
For obvious reasons, Facebook doesn’t make the cancellation option obvious. In fact, I was unable to find it when I decided to cancel my rarely used account. It can be done though, as explained at WikiHow. Thought you might like to know.
Thanks to Adrian Perez over at Primevector for the tip.