Facebook Privacy Notice a hoax

Come on, people.  Did you really think you could just post a random chain Privacy Notice on your Facebook wall and expect people to listen?  If you haven’t noticed this Facebook Privacy Notice on everyone’s walls, here it is:

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 a......llowing 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)

Unfortunately, posting this declaration on your wall will not protect your online identity.  In order to sign up for Facebook, we had to agree to the Terms of Service.  Here is a snippet from naked security:

If you are uncomfortable with Facebook monetizing your content or making your content available to the US government you either need to avoid posting the content to Facebook, or more carefully control your privacy settings and hope the authorities don’t seek a court order for your information.


It is simple:  Don’t post bad crap on your Facebook.  I know most of you like the whole world to know what you are doing every second of everyday, but seriously–we don’t care.  The fact that Facebook is now a publicly traded company has nothing to do with your privacy rights.

The bottom line?  You can’t post a notice to your Facebook account and expect to override  or alter what you have already agree to when you accepted the social network’s legal terms, which includes its privacy policy.

References: Snopes and nakedsecurity

Happy Tuesday!



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