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Facebook Hoax

HandelontheLaw.com Staff Writer

Friday, November 20, 2015



Facebook Hoax
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Dear Facebook Friends: please stop cutting and pasting that ridiculous “privacy notice”! It’s legally ineffective. It’s meaningless. It’s a hoax. It’s phony, fake, false and bogus!

Throughout 2015, many of us have seen multiple “status updates” that look a little something like this:

“Better safe than sorry is right. Channel 13 News was just talking about this change in Facebook's privacy policy. Better safe than sorry. As of September 26th, 2015 at 01:16 a.m. Eastern standard time, I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, or posts, both past and future. By this statement, I give notice to Facebook it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, or take any other action against me based on this profile and/or its contents. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of privacy can be punished by law (UCC 1-308- 1 1 308-103 and the Rome Statute). NOTE: Facebook is now a public entity. All members must post a note like this. If you prefer, you can copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates. DO NOT SHARE. You MUST copy and paste.”

OK, first of all, that very impressive-looking law, UCC 1-308- 1 1 308-103, is from the Uniform Commercial Code and does not apply to internet privacy. Secondly, the Rome Statute established the International Criminal Court and does not apply to internet privacy. Third, your profile is not private or confidential information. You know how you know that? It’s posted on Facebook. Fourth, Facebook has been a “public entity” at least since it began publicly offering stock, way back in February 2012.

If and when you joined Facebook, you necessarily agreed to Its Terms of Service, privacy policy, and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, which give Facebook “a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook.” You also implicitly agree to Facebook’s periodic updates of its Terms of Service, privacy policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.

How, then, can you safeguard your privacy on Facebook? First, you can avoid Facebook altogether, either by not joining or by deleting your Facebook account. I personally remain on Facebook, despite those annoying unsolicited advertisements, only because I want to see pictures of my friends and family and know what’s going on in their lives. If “they” (meaning spies from Facebook, our government, foreign governments or the internet’s evil nether belly) want to read my posts, that’s fine: they can just bore themselves to death.

Secondly, you can contact Facebook Governance and request personally tailored Terms of Service, privacy policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. Won’t happen but Facebook Governance can be accessed here: https://www.facebook.com/fbsitegovernance


Third, you can contact Facebook Governance and request a change in its overall privacy policy Terms of Service, privacy policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. This won’t happen either but Facebook Governance can be accessed here: https://www.facebook.com/fbsitegovernance

Fourth, use your privacy settings. Whatever you leave set to “public” is public. Set your privacy settings to at least limit access.

DO’S AND DON’TS

DON’T bother posting a “privacy notice” in your status update; it’s ineffective.

DO contact Facebook Governance and request personally tailored Terms of Service, privacy policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. Won’t happen but Facebook Governance can be accessed here: https://www.facebook.com/fbsitegovernance

DO contact Facebook Governance and request a change in its overall privacy policy Terms of Service, privacy policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. This won’t happen either but Facebook Governance can be accessed here: https://www.facebook.com/fbsitegovernance

DO use your privacy settings to at least limit access.


By Kathy Catanzarite


Source: Kathy Catanzarite - Handelonthelaw.com Staff Writer

Note from HandelontheLaw.com: This article is to be used as an educational guide only and should not be interpreted as a legal consultation. Readers of this article are advised to seek an attorney if a legal consultation is needed. Laws may vary by state and are subject to change, thus the accuracy of this information can not be guaranteed. Readers act on this information solely at their own risk. Neither the author, handelonthelaw.com, or any of its affiliates shall have any liability stemming from this article.





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