Please Stop The False Facebook Privacy Crap!
It has started again. Another ‘privacy protection notice’ has been spreading virally on Facebook. People are told that by posting the notice they are protecting their personal data from unauthorized use. Sound like a good idea? Problem is it is crap.
When you signed up to use Facebook (or any service) you agreed to their terms and conditions and nothing you can post on your profile can change that.
This seems to get passed around every few months and people fall for it every time. Can you send a letter to your mortgage company saying “Although I have agreed to pay you $800 a month, I have decided that I will be paying you $600 from now on.”? What makes people think they can agree to a legal notice and then change it to fit their needs?
Want to make sure your data is not used? STOP POSTING IT ON FACEBOOK!
Here is a sample of the current notice that is being passed around:
In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, comics, paintings, professional photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berner Convention). For commercial use of the above my written consent is needed at all times! (Anyone reading this can copy this text and paste it on their Facebook Wall. This will place them under protection of copyright laws. By the present communiqué, I notify Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, disseminate, or take any other action against me on the basis of this profile and/or its contents. The aforementioned prohibited actions also apply to employees, students, agents and/or any staff under Facebook's direction or control. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of my privacy is punished by law (UCC 1 1-308-308 1-103 and the Rome Statute). Facebook is now an open capital entity. All members are recommended to publish a notice like this, or if you prefer, you may copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once, you will be tacitly allowing the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in your profile status updates.