Viral “Facebook Privacy Notice” Is A Hoax

I recently wrote a post entitled “What A Publicly Traded Facebook Means For You” and I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how many views the post was getting through Google search.  Normally I get the majority of my page views by other social sites referring viewers to this site but oddly I was seeing MANY more coming directly from Google and Bing.  At the time I didn’t think too much of it and just thought people were curious about the subject.  But after several days of seeing this same trend I started doing more research and discovered that there has been a fake privacy notice running rampant through Facebook.  It has led some to believe that since Facebook is now publicly traded this will negatively impact users privacy.  This rumor is false.

Facebook being publicly traded has nothing to do with users information being posted online.  If Facebook were to ever make major changes to users privacy policy they would be required to notify you of those changes as they have done in the past.  Any major changes would no doubt be highly scrutinized.

Below is the text of the false privacy statement along with instructions that have been provided:

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

Again, this will not protect you from anything and is not required.  The best protection you can have is to not post anything on Facebook or any other website that you don’t want everyone to know about.  There is no real privacy online…once it’s out there, it’s open for the whole world to see.

Source:  Mashable

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