Welcome to the newest edition of The Why. “Why is the Facebook privacy notice worthless?” Good question. (OK, it’s a little “current events” but it beats answering inquiries about odd intimate acts. Seriously? We thought “Snoodling” was just some new thing folks did on Facebook, mmmkay?)
If you’re on Facebook then you must have seen the “privacy notice” everyone is copying and posting. If you don’t have any friends or like this columnist’s parents you have no time for Facebook because you have a life, here is the post:
“Now it’s official! It has been published in the media. Facebook has just released the entry price: $5.99 to keep the subscription of your status to be set to “private”. If you paste this message on your page, it will be offered free (paste not share) if not tomorrow, all your posts can become public. Even the messages that have been deleted or the photos not allowed. After all, it does not cost anything for a simple copy and paste
So why is this Facebook privacy notice worthless? It’s a fake. It’s also not legally binding.
Don’t believe a guy in a silly hat? Fair enough. Our friend and guest speaker the lovely Jessica Roy, contributor to Los Angeles Times online, confirms all this.
The writer of the notice is obviously not a lawyer and again it is not legally binding. Roy reports that “the Rome Statute” mentioned isn’t even applicable here.
She says: “The Rome Statute applies to international criminal court proceedings, not whether Facebook is using your selfies in ads.” (Really? You mean that girl who took the selfie of herself with a feces-filled, unflushed toilet won’t be having that picture used in any professional Facebook ads!? You gotta be kidding!)
Roy also confirms that, legally-speaking, a “copy-and-paste” status means nothing. “
By creating your Facebook account, you agree to Facebook’s terms and conditions. Your Facebook posts and comments are not an extension of your right to free speech. In other words, the content of your profile is NOT “private and confidential information.” You chose to publish it to Facebook. Any privacy terms were already negotiated and de facto agreed upon when you clicked ‘Sign Up’. ”
They’re not gonna charge you a fee either. That’s not how they work. Roy agrees: “Facebook’s revenue model isn’t subscription-based.”
Facebook just wants to use your personal data. You already gave it to them, too. Roy concludes:
“Facebook wants to know your age, gender, religion, marital status, hometown, level of education and general interests so that it can better target advertisements to you. You have almost certainly already given it this information. For free. Those ads are how it makes money — not by charging you to access the site.”
Why is the Facebook privacy notice worthless? Now you know.
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