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FB “Privacy Notice”: All a Hoax

by on June 5, 2012

by Kyle Williams 

Well, tough luck Facebookers, it looks like no matter what type of message or statement you put on your news feed, Facebook can still do whatever they want with it. According to, a “privacy notice” has been popping up all over the walls of Facebook users lately. This notice cites the fact that now that Facebook is a publicly traded company, they can do whatever they want with your information, unless you put the following on your wall:

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, in a manner of speaking, you signed your soul over to the devil when you joined Facebook. The company’s Terms of Service (ToS) dictates what it can and can’t do with the information you provide Facebook. That means all those duckface pictures, that accidental drunken post on your ex girlfriend’s wall, and your friend list full of people you’ve never seen before, are all pieces of information that Facebook has every right to do what it pleases with. The law cited isn’t even relevant in this context. If you want to stop Facebook from sharing your information, than simply stop using Facebook.




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