Facebook Privacy Notice Hoax

A post is going around stating that if you place a privacy notice on your wall Facebook will protect your privacy rights.

This is a Hoax. Posting a “legal” notice to your wall does not affect how Facebook treats your information.

The message:

“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 a……llowing 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. (M)”

Facebook outlines how they use and share your data in its Terms of Service document.

If you disagree with how Facebook uses and shares your data there is not much you can do other then limit the information you post or stop using the service.

More Information:

Snopes: Facebook Privacy Notice

Sophos: Facebook Privacy Notice Chain Letter is a Hoax

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