Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Facebook Privacy Notice Is A Hoax

I thought that my Facebook news feed would end up being much more peaceful after the recent election. No such luck. Now, my Facebook news feed is clogged with innocently misguided folks posting a privacy notice on their walls because they mistakenly believe that it will protect their copyright and privacy rights.

Here's one example of the notice:

For those of you who do not understand the reasoning behind this posting, Facebook is now a publicly traded entity. Unless you state otherwise, anyone can infringe on your right to privacy once you post to this site. It is recommended that you and other members post a similar notice as this, or you may copy and paste this version. If you do not post such a statement once, then you are indirectly allowing public use of items such as your photos and the information contained in your status updates.

PRIVACY NOTICE: Warning – any person and/or institution and/or Agent and/or Agency of any governmental structure including but not limited to the United States Federal Government also using or monitoring/using this website or any of its associated websites, you do NOT have my permission to utilize any of my profile information nor any of the content contained herein including, but not limited to my photos, and/or the comments made about my photos or any other "picture" art posted on my profile.
You are hereby notified that you are strictly prohibited from disclosing, copying, distributing, disseminating, or taking any other action against me with regard to this profile and the contents herein. The foregoing prohibitions also apply to your employee , agent , student or any personnel under your direction or control.

The contents of this profile are private and legally privileged and confidential information, and the violation of my personal privacy is punishable by law. UCC 1-103 1-308 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED WITHOUT PREJUDICE

The Facebook privacy notice is a hoax. In reality, nothing has changed about Facebook's privacy policy aside from Facebook changing the way in which they take feedback from users on future privacy policy changes. Facebook has not explained the new method for soliciting feedback, nor has Facebook made any privacy policy changes for which feedback would collected. Further, the fact that Facebook is now a publicly traded entity has no impact on copyright protection or privacy rights.

Here's are the things you need to remember:

  • You control all the content you post on Facebook
  • Facebook does not own your media
  • Before you can use Facebook, you must accept its terms of use, which you can not alter simply by posting something to your wall.
  • Very few of us post anything on Facebook that is worth copyrighting. 
  • UCC 1-103 1-308 covers the sales of certain goods and does not apply to Facebook

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