Exactly, I think the biggest issue we face now that is sorta new is massive unique data. So uploads ofm security cameras, home movies in raw format etc.
For the usual data, movies songs etc. I think we are all good not deleting, but the ability for mass unique these days is growing. I am not sure if in the future this kind of data will grow or die out as the “fad” vanishes or not.
Right now I believe we are on the right track not deleting, but it is a source of debate and no doubt will be more focussed when we get past beta.
The tension is
- Unique data that is very personal
- Data that looks unique and not accessed much (like old scientific papers, works of art etc.)
- Persons personal data while they are on a (multi) year work break
In a SAFE network where we have anonymity and the security of no snooping etc. then it’s a task for the network to recognise the difference between the above (and more) data types. It cannot decrypt data as @neo said and it never should, so it has no idea what the data is and access/sharing of it tells us little of its importance to humanity in the future
Just the kinda problem we love in this community and company, we will get to it, but just not now, just ot now I feel we are good and have made the correct choice right now, but I think it will morph over time and depend on external innovations in disk storage etc. as well.
And some stuff we defo do not want to delete http://sci-hub.cc/ for instance.