Facebook Privacy Notice a Hoax

A so-called Facebook Privacy Notice that has been circulating Facebook has users questioning whether their privacy and content has been compromised as a result of Facebook going public. There are a few variations of this notice, but all are essentially useless at providing any real protection to users.

One version reads like this:

“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. (M)”

Sounds great, right? Not so fast. As a registered Facebook user, you have already agreed to their terms of use. Users can’t invalidate the Terms agreements they’ve already agreed upon by posting a statement similar to the one above.

The quickness in which this fake notice has spread further confirms users’ distrust in Facebook regarding privacy. Facebook is currently in the process of updating their Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and Data Use Policy. Users are invited to share their input on the issue, and can do so by visiting Facebook’s Site Governance Page.





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