Many Facebook users are falling victim to a new policy notice that promises to safeguard the information you post on Facebook - it ain't real!
However, it is true that Facebook is making their privacy regulations more lax when it comes to sharing users' personal information with advertisers on the site. These changes will be implemented on Wednesday. Although users can post their reactions to the changes, they will not be allowed to vote on it.
The fake Facebook notice that has been circulating claims that if you post it onto your wall, then you will be excluded from the new privacy regulations. It claims that it will protect users' personal details and data from unauthorized copying. According to the fabricated notice, a user has the authority to copyright their "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!”
It also alleges that anyone who copies and pastes this text on their Facebook wall will stop Facebook from its right to “disclose, copy, distribute, disseminate, or take any other action against [the user] on the basis of this profile and/or its contents.”
The full text of the notice reads:
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).
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 If you do not publish a statement at least once, you will be tacitly allowing the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in your profile status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…
According to Fox News, here's what you can expect from the Facebook changes:
Little has changed in terms of Facebook's Data Use Policy, but reading through the revisions should remind users that there's not much privacy on Facebook. The changes also address issues around promoting a business and providing input on the site's policies.
Facebook spelled out the types of topics that will be shared with advertisers as interests when users like a page, including products and brands they like, religion, political views and health status. For instance, if Facebook users join a group that offers support for herpes or other health conditions, they are likely to see ads from pharmaceutical companies that offer remedies. The sharing of data is not new, but Facebook is adding details to prevent its users from being surprised by ads coinciding with their demographic information that might seem intrusive. (Advertisers do not receive personally identifiable information, however.)
When you delete an item from your Timeline, it may remain visible to others who saw it in the past. "Anyone in the audience of those posts or who can see a connection may still see it elsewhere, like on someone else’s timeline or in search results," Facebook's addition reads.
For more on the Facebook privacy changes, check out Mashable and Fox News. Don't fall victim to the hype!