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How I can delete my account on OpenStreetMap?

asked 21 Sep '10, 11:28

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edited 21 Sep '10, 11:36

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It is possible to delete your account from your user settings on the website. See the wiki documentation on OpenStreetMap accounts for instructions.

(The ability to delete your account without sysadmin help was introduced in 2022. It was not available when this question was first asked in 2010.)

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answered 19 Mar '22, 14:34

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As the wiki says:

Contact a sysadmin, the sysadmin will disable your account and remove your details from the OpenStreetMap database. Your email address will usually be retained in the event that an OpenStreetMap sysadmin needs to contact you in the future.

If you have made any modifications or additions to OpenStreetMap, the sysadmin will ask you to license these under any future OpenStreetMap Licenses or to release as public domain.

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answered 21 Sep '10, 11:35

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OK. How do I contact a sysadmin ?

(02 Nov '10, 08:28) rmw

I clicked on the "wiki says" link in TomH's response, got to a list of administrators, and picked a few of them. Couldn't see a "send message to link.

(02 Nov '10, 08:31) rmw

We can see that this one is getting more complex. Maybe the wiki-page could be edited by "those who know":

One of the sysadmins could add that bit of information on how to contact them officially.

But then it occured to me that leaving OSM is still not entirely clear. If somebody leaves for neutral reasons, fine.

Yet, if somebody is possibly frustrated or whatever, what if he or she does not grant automatic license upgrades nor wants to release into the public domain?:

  • No can delete account?
  • Contributions will be erased?
  • Will be forced into some default license?
(03 Nov '10, 20:37) Screentoosmall

As of 2022, it is usually no longer necessary to contact the sysadmins for this. See my answer for details.

(19 Mar '22, 14:38) Tordanik

You should e-mail the support e-mail address, as mentioned in

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answered 01 Nov '20, 14:22

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How can i contact a sys amdin?

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answered 29 Oct '12, 10:18

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edited 29 Oct '12, 10:22


The wiki currently says "Send an email to the support address and an administrator will disable your account". I'd do that.

(29 Oct '12, 10:35) SomeoneElse ♦

In the US, all websites are required to have both a toll-free number and an online process to request account deletion or personal information erasure.

This also falls under The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which governs how personal data of individuals in the EU may be processed and transferred, which went into effect on May 25, 2018. and the Data Protection Act 2018 which is the UK’s implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The UK GDPR introduces a right for individuals to have personal data erased. Under Article 17 of the UK GDPR individuals have the right to have personal data erased.

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answered 11 Aug '21, 05:49

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This does not answer the question.

(11 Aug '21, 07:03) TomH ♦♦

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