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Completely Pointless and Misleading ‘Facebook Privacy Notice’

by Brett M. Christensen

Image: © depositphotos.com/ burdun  – This story was first published on June 6, 2012 – Written by Steve Williamson and Brett Christensen

Outline

Message circulating on Facebook advises users to publish a ‘Privacy Statement’ as a means of stopping the public use of material they post on the network.  Some versions mention Channel 13 News as a source.

Brief Analysis

The message is utter nonsense. The supposed “Privacy Notice” has no legal standing of any kind and posting it on Facebook will do nothing whatsoever to protect the privacy of users. Reposting this message will do nothing other than spread misinformation and clutter Facebook with even more pointless garbage. Versions of this nonsensical post have been circulating since 2012.

Update: September 2020

In late 2020, yet another version of the hoax began circulating that added a reference to COVID-19. It warns that the supposed new photo related Facebook rule would go ahead “despite the commotion around covid 19”.  Of course, despite the coronavirus reference, the message is still just as nonsensical as all its predecessors.

Update: January 2019

In January 2019, a version of the message began circulating that included the claim that a new Facebook algorithm is limiting posts on your newsfeed so that you only ever see posts from the same 25 friends.  This claim is also untrue. We discuss it in a separate report here.

Examples

Friends, don’t forget that starting tomorrow despite the commotion around covid 19, the new rule begins on Facebook according to which your photos can be used. Remember the deadline to post your disapproval of this use or possible misuse is today!!! They could be used in lawsuits against you. Everything you posted will be made public, even messages that have been deleted, for all of the above I record by this means that:
I DON ‘ T ALLOW OR AUTHORIZE that facebook UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE uses my information, photos, or any data related to my person or the people who on my profile, pages or groups appear, asImismo messages or posts, both past and future.
With this statement, I give a notification and record of notice to facebook that it is strictly prohibited from disclosing, copying, distributing or taking another action against me based on this profile, my pages or groups and / or its content.
The content of this profile, as well as that of my pages and groups, is private and confidential information.
Violation of my personal life can be punished by law.
Don’t ′′ share “,
′′ Copy and paste ′′
In short I confirm again that I do NOT allow facebook to share anything of mine that I have posted on your website, current or past photos, posts, phone numbers or emails, absolutely nothing can be used in any form without my permission strictly in writing, nor my verbal content.
I DON ‘ T ALLOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Just in case…
Don’t forget tomorrow starts the new Facebook rule where they can use your photos. Don’t forget Deadline today!!! It can be used in court cases in litigation against you. Everything you’ve ever posted becomes public from today Even messages that have been deleted or the photos not allowed. It costs nothing for a simple copy and paste, better safe than sorry. Channel 13 News talked about the change in Facebook’s privacy policy.I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, messages or posts, both past and future. With 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 tacitly allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates. DO NOT SHARE. Copy and paste.
Their new algorithm chooses the same few people – about 25 – who will read your posts. Therefore,
Hold your finger down anywhere in this post and “copy” will pop up. Click “copy”. Then go your page, start a new post and put your finger anywhere in the blank field. “Paste” will pop up and click paste
This will bypass the system.

 

Don’t forget tomorrow starts the new Facebook rule where they can use your photo Don’t forget Deadline tomorrow !!! Everything you’ve ever posted becomes public from tomorrow. Even messages that have been deleted or the photos not allowed. It costs nothing for a simple copy and paste, better safe than sorry. Channel 13 News talked about the change in Facebook’s privacy policy. I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, messages or posts, both past and future. With 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 tacitly allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates. DO NOT SHARE. Copy and paste. Wondered why Facebook was so boring! This is good to know: It’s ridiculous to have lots of friends and only 25 are allowed to see my post. I ignored this post earlier, but It WORKS!! I have a whole new news feed. I’m seeing posts from people I haven’t seen in years. Here’s how to bypass the system FB now has in place that limits posts on your news feed. Their new algorithm chooses the same few people – about 25 – who will read your posts. Therefore, Hold your finger down anywhere in this post and “copy” will pop up. Click “copy”. Then go your page, start a new post and put your finger anywhere in the blank field. “Paste” will pop up and click paste. This will bypass the system. DONE

 

Everything you’ve ever posted becomes public from tomorrow. Even messages that have been deleted or the photos not allowed. It costs nothing for a simple copy and paste, better safe than sorry. Channel 13 News talked about the change in Facebook’s privacy policy. I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, messages or posts, both past and future. With 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. Copy and Paste

 

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 January 4th, 2015 at 12:27 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

 

Due to the fact that Facebook has chosen to involve software that will allow the theft of my personal information, I do declare the following: on this day, September 1st 2014, in response to the new Facebook guidelines and under articles L.111, 112 and 113 of the code of intellectual property, I declare that my rights are attached to all my personal data, drawings, paintings, photos, texts etc… published on my profile. For commercial use of the foregoing my written consent is required at all times. Those reading this text can copy it and paste it on their Facebook wall. This will allow them to place themselves under the protection of copyright. By this release, I tell Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, broadcast, or to take any other action against me on the basis of this profile and/or its contents. The actions mentioned above apply equally to employees, students, agents and/or other staff under the direction of Facebook. The contents of my profile include private information. The violation of my privacy is punished by the law (UCC 1 1-308 – 308 1 -103 and the Rome Statute). Facebook is now an open capital entity. All members are invited to post a notice of this kind, or if you prefer, you can copy and paste this version. If you have not published this statement at least once, you will tacitly allow the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in your profile update!

 

Today, July 2, 2013, in response to the new guidelines Facebook and under articles L.111, 112 and 113 of the code of intellectual property, I declare that my rights are attached to all my personal data, drawings, paintings, photos, texts etc… published on my profile. For commercial use of the foregoing my written consent is required at all times! People reading this text can copy it and paste it on their Facebook wall. This will allow them to place them under the protection of copyright.By this release, I tell Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, broadcast, or to take any other action against me on the basis of this profile and/or its contents. The actions mentioned above apply equally to employees, students, agents and/or other staff under the direction of Facebook. The contents of my profile includes private information. The violation of my privacy is punished by the law (UCC 1 1-308 – 308 1 – 103 and the Rome Statute).

 

For those of you who do not understand the reasoning behind this posting, Facebook is now a publicly traded entity. Unless you state otherwise, anyone can infringe on your right to privacy once you post to this site. It is recommended that you and other members post a similar notice as this, or you may copy and paste this version. If you do not post such a statement once, then you are indirectly allowing public use of items such as your photos and the information contained in your status updates.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

 

In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, 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

Detailed Analysis

These messages, which circulate virally across Facebook, advise you to post a “Privacy Notice” on your network as a means of protecting your personal information from misuse.

Earlier versions of the message claimed that, because Facebook is now a publicly-traded entity, anyone can “infringe on your privacy” by using any material that you post on the network as they see fit.

One version claims that posting the notice is necessary due “to the fact that Facebook has chosen to involve software that will allow the theft of … personal information”.
The message claims that you can stop privacy infringements by posting a copy of a Privacy Notice included in the message. The supposed “Privacy Notice” masquerades as a legal document that prohibits the use of information or images posted on your Facebook profile. It refers to various legal articles that it suggests give the notice value as a legal document.

In January 2019, a version of the message began circulating that included the claim that a new Facebook algorithm is limiting posts on your newsfeed so that you only ever see posts from the same 25 friends.  This claim is also untrue. We discuss it in a separate report here.

The claims in all versions of the message are utter nonsense. The so-called “Privacy Notice” has no legal standing whatsoever. Putting it on your network will do absolutely nothing to protect the information you post on Facebook.

To summarise:

  • Posting the notice on your Profile will do nothing to protect your privacy online.
  • The notice has no legal standing whatsoever in any jurisdiction. It is not a valid legal document.
  • Reposting this message will achieve nothing other than clutter Facebook with even more utterly useless garbage.

Fellow Hoax-Slayer Steve Williamson has put together the following step-by-step analysis of the original version of this ridiculous message:

For those of you who do not understand the reasoning behind this posting, Facebook is now a publicly traded entity

The original poster of this is clearly not understanding very much at all. ” Publicly traded entity” means that one can buy stocks/shares in the company – not the data.

Unless you state otherwise, anyone can infringe on your right to privacy once you post to this site.

No, they cannot. They can only use what one has failed to “protect” using Facebook’s own privacy controls – i.e. anything you have set to “Public”. Stating otherwise on a status update or in your “About” section is meaningless as you agreed to Facebook’s terms when you signed up.

It is recommended that you and other members post a similar notice as this, or you may copy and paste this version.

All this will do is spread a falsehood.

If you do not post such a statement once, then you are indirectly allowing public use of items such as your photos and the information contained in your status updates.

Only for those posted items where you failed to set the privacy settings correctly. Anything that is set to “Public” is exactly that – you have offered it to the world, that’s why it says “Public”.

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.

This is completely meaningless “legalese” drivel that holds absolutely NO legal standing whatsoever.

The contents of this profile are private and legally privileged and confidential information, and the violation of my personal privacy is punishable by law.

No – they are not private in the slightest and they are certainly NOT “legally privileged”. If it contains “confidential information” then why is it posted on Facebook? Which law? Oh, this one I suppose:

UCC 1-103 1-308 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED WITHOUT PREJUDICES

Shame that law has no relevance to Internet privacy isn’t it? Those particular paragraphs pertain to Commercial law – that’s why it’s called “Uniform Commercial Code” and are meaningless in the context of this inane piece of crud that is virally being posted all over Facebook.