Facebook Privacy Hoax

Posted on June 11th, by Cathy Olsen in Recent Trends. No Comments


Has anyone seen this on someone’s Facebook status?

*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 photo`s 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(s), agent(s), student(s) 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

It is recommended that other members post a similar notice to this or you may copy and paste this one. Thank you. This is now a publicly traded site, Protect Yourself!


Why this Facebook Privacy Jargon is a HOAX!

The message hints that now that Facebook is  publically traded website that Facebook users should be more careful with their personal accounts which can be achieved by posting the above message to their profiles.

1.  Despite the Facebook IPO, Facebook has not changed how they use your data.

2.  This Privacy language does not apply to how Facebook shares your information.

If you want to know the REAL answer, look here at the Facebook Data Policy page.

3.  The regulation listed does NOT apply to your account on Facebook.

Careful readers will note the Uniform Commerical Code (UCC) 1-103 1-308: The UCC deals with commerical law in the United States and has absolutely nothing to do with privacy.  This is not a 'Privacy' regulation.

4.  You cannot change the terms to the Privacy Agreement that you made when you created your Facebook account. For Now.

Remember when you pressed that little button 'I Agree.'  Well those are the terms that are binding between you and Facebook and how they use your information.  ZDNet mentioned, ”There are currently changes being proposed to Facebook’s actual Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (SRR) and Data Use Policy. Users are invited to have their say in a vote (thanks to privacy activists putting pressure on Facebook).”

If you are interested in voicing your opinion visit the Facebook Site Governance page.  I checked out the page and the results of this “vote.”  I have to say that I agree with another disgruntled Facebook user.  Why host a “Vote,” if you do not advertise the vote to all users.  The results page said that only a small fraction of users participated in the vote so … people REALLY don't care about what Facebook does with their information.

Facebook did make changes to their Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and Data Use Policy, which you can view by using the following links: SRR and Data Use Policy.

5. This Scam just shows how nervous people are about their information on Facebook.

Don't be nervous!  Just don't post personal information!  Don't post or pictures or status updates that could one day disparage your reputation.  Remember to think before you post.  Look at the suggested rules when it comes to social media.

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