People think by sharing their opinion on proposed changes to terms and conditions of Facebook privacy that they can somehow influence what Facebook is going to do, by posting updates like this
It’s official Signed at 10:33. It’s even passed on TV. Facebook will start charging this summer. If you copy this to your wall your icon will turn blue and your Facebook will be free for you. Please pass this message, if not your icon will be deleted.
P.S. this is serious, the icon will turn blue
(Copy and Paste to your wall)
I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, messages or posts, both past and future. With this statement, I give notice to Facebook it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, or take any other action against me based on this profile and/or its contents. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of privacy can be punished by law (UCC 1-308- 1 1 308-103 and the Rome Statute). NOTE: Facebook is now a public entity. All members must post a note like this. If you prefer, you can copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates. DO NOT SHARE. Copy and paste to be on the safe side.
The fact is Facebook is not controlled by the public, the public choose to put their information online and share it with Facebook. No matter what privacy settings you have Facebook have no legal obligation to keep your stalker ex boyfriend or girlfriend off your profile. The information you share is in the public domain.
It’s not just Facebook who can use your information anyone who can access your information can use it, you have made it publically accessible. “But my profile is private” I hear you say, “not public”. Well yes and no. Your friends have no legal obligation not to share information that you share, so lets take an example.
You share the fact that you are in your favourite restaurant and you check in, your profile check ins are for friends only, however you have a friend who isn’t really that good of a friend and he decides to screen shot your check-in and share it with his friends. Who is at fault, You, Him or Facebook?
If Facebook was in the morning to make all its profiles public, that is their right to do so, your privacy settings are not legally binding.
Do you think you can go to the High Court and sue Facebook for an invasion of privacy? Not a hope! Remember this, once its online its public and once its Digital it’s permanent.