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[Hoax Alert ] Privacy Notice And Warning To Institutions, Agents & Agencies

Although this alert has been doing the rounds for the last two years, people are still falling for it…

How many times have you seen this statement on your Facebook news feed?

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….”

There is more to it, of course, but we are sure you get the gist of it. Basically, people seem to think that by posting this ‘disclaimer’ they can prevent third parties from interfering with their privacy. Alas, this is not the case.

In a Facecrooks article dated June 12th 2012 – yes, this hoax has been going around for so long – it states:

If only protecting your privacy on Facebook was this easy. The message does nothing to protect your data or to deter any government or institution from lawfully obtaining your information from Facebook.

The use of and release of your personal data is governed by Facebook’s Data Use Policy and other polices you agreed to when you signed up for your Facebook account. Simply posting a status update doesn’t supersede these documents.

As for the UCC code that is cited, Thatsnonsense.com explains that the “The UCC deals with commerical law in the United States, and nothing to do with privacy or social networking, meaning even if Facebook did not have its own terms of service, or even if posting the above message did somehow supercede Facebooks terms of service, it would still be meaningless because it has nothing to do with online privacy.”

The best thing you can do to protect your privacy on Facebook and the Internet in general is to take responsibility for yourself. Use the privacy controls and account settings built in to the platform and be sensible about what information you post online in the first place.

For more information on how to configure your account and privacy settings appropriately, see our guide:

The article then presents readers with a link to another article on How to Lockdown Your Facebook Account For Maximum Privacy and Security

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