Viral Facebook Privacy Notice is a Fake
You may have seen it floating around Facebook recently. A viral message that supposedly attaches a protective copyright to the wall, photos, and information of the user posting the status.
In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, graphics, comics, paintings, photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berner Convention). For commercial use of the above my written consent is needed at all times!
(Anyone reading this can copy this text and paste it on their Facebook Wall. This will place them under protection of copyright laws. By the present communiqué, I notify Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, disseminate, or take any other action against me on the basis of this profile and/or its contents. The aforementioned prohibited actions also apply to employees, students, agents and/or any staff under Facebook’s direction or control. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of my privacy is punished by law (UCC 1 1-308-308 1-103 and the Rome Statute).
Facebook is now an open capital entity. All members are recommended to publish a notice like this, or if you prefer, you may copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once, you will be tacitly allowing the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in your profile status updates…
Unfortunately though, this message is a fake and offers the users posting it no protection.
The message started circulating after Facebook became a publicly traded company, with the idea that users privacy would suddenly be compromised because of the change in the companies status.
The truth is that all Facebook users are still bound to the terms and conditions they agreed to when they opened their accounts, and posting a message like the one above to your Facebook account will do nothing to change that.
Our two cents on this issue? If you are really concerned about privacy and copyright issues on Facebook (or any social media site for that matter) you really should read through the terms and conditions and decide whether you are comfortable with how they will use your information before proceeding. Better safe than sorry.