Dear Friends: Copy and paste Facebook Privacy Notices are SPAM. Kindly stop reposting!

Or perhaps the notices are a hoax virus– spread by friends bullying friends to spam others to show respect for the poster’s privacy and copyrights. Posting and re posting the Facebook Privacy Notice will not change Facebook’s policies.  If privacy is a concern, adjust privacy settings or avoid using Facebook for private communications. If controlling content is a concern, avoid posting images or register copyright in important materials before posting. To use Facebook, users give it a limited right to “share” their user content. This right does not place user content in the public domain. Copyright in user content is effective the day the content is created and cannot be lost. But stopping infringement of an image bouncing around the internet can be hopeless without a copyright registration. Chose what to share carefully.

Under privacy law, websites must adequately disclose their privacy practices and those of their marketing partners. During registration, users agree to Facebook’s terms of use and privacy policies. Posting the Facebook Privacy Notice does not change these agreements. To controll privacy online, users need to understand what is collected and how it is shared. Facebook has an easy to understand privacy setting widget that can change the default from public to friends or friends of friends. And privacy can be adjusted on individual posts. Facebook privacy settings are much easier to understand than this gobbletygook that scares and misinforms:

As of October 17, 2013 at 10:10 Eastern Daylight 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 If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates.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.

Snopes found the Facebook Privacy Notices a hoax and mentions that Facebook issued a statement that statements in the Notices are false:

There is a rumor  circulating that Facebook is making a change related to ownership of users’  information or the content they post to the site. This is false. Anyone who uses  Facebook owns and controls the content and information they post, as stated in  our terms. They control how that content and information is shared. That is our  policy, and it always has been. Click here to learn more — www.facebook.com/policies.

 

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