Beware The False Privacy Notice Being Posted On Facebook

A privacy notice is finding its way onto many Facebook profiles, as it supposedly offers protection from Facebook's claim to the copyright of users' individual posts. It's unofficial, doesn't actually do anything, and you should not post it if it crosses your path.

Here's what the fake notice looks line:

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).

It goes on to warn that if you avoid publishing this statement you'll be giving Facebook the rights to your posts. In reality, you already did that when you agreed to the terms of service. Posting a notice like this doesn't change anything. If you don't want Facebook to own any content you create with the service, or at least the rights to use it, don't post it (or delete what you've already posted). This is a price you pay for using the service. Remember, if you're not paying for it, you're likely the product.

Don't Fall For Fake Facebook Privacy Notice [Mashable]


Comments

    Been shredding people for posting this on facebook all weekend.

    This has been going on for months!
    Why cotton onto it now?

      Because it's only now that it's actually gaining the attention of the right people.

    In response to the new gas and electricity guidelines, I hereby declare that my gas and electricity are to be free of charge (as per the Fair Use act of 1992). For commercial use of my money, my written consent is needed at all times! By the present communiqué, I notify TruEnergy that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, disseminate, or take any other action against me on the basis of this message and/or its contents

    And heeeeyyy presto! Using some legal sounding terms (and throwing in the Fair Use act which doesn't apply here) my gas and electricity are free of charge!

    Last edited 27/11/12 2:37 pm

      Oh, and FYI, quotes over multiple paragraphs don't work for me. I started the quote tag, put in a double blank line (new paragraph), then finished my quote and put the ending tag in, but it put the closing quote tag after the first paragraph

      This will be quoted. There is no end quote tag after this full stop.

      But this sentence won't be quoted, despite the ending quote tag being right after this full stop.

    And what in Hades is the Berner Convention?

    (I presume they mean Berne?)

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