Tuesday, June 5, 2012


Recently several of my Facebook friends started to copy and paste a message that says that they do not give permission to Facebook to use their data in any way shape or form without their permission first.

I am not sure how this started but the notice starts like this:

"…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 goes on to say

 …you do NOT have 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 photos or any other “picture” art posted on my profile…”

At the end of the notice you will see this posted


Just to be clear when you join Facebook you agree to the legal terms and conditions that were set up.  Facebook says that you do own all of the content and information you post on Facebook and you can control how it is shared through your privacy settings.  

However, when it comes to photos and videos you give Facebook permission (according to your privacy settings) that Facebook can use any IP content that you post on or in connections with Facebook. This means when you comment on a photo or post a photo while using Facebook they have a right to that photo or video.

For a complete list of terms and policies (as of April 2011) the following websites are available.

The legal tag at the end of the message according to Cornell University is the Uniform Commercial Code. This code is about fraud and misrepresentation of any laws between two people/ parties. http://www.law.cornell.edu/ucc/1/1-103.html, http://www.law.cornell.edu/ucc/1/1-108.html

As you can see Facebook does have a right to your photos and videos and can use them as needed.

I hope this article helps you in your research about Facebook and privacy settings in general. Of course this is just based on the research that I have done and I could be wrong. If you find out something different please let me know. 

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