A ‘privacy notice’ that’s been virally spreading onFacebook, supposedly protecting one’s personal details and data from unauthorized copying, is fake.
The notice started spreading a few days after Facebook posted its new privacy guidelines, announcing it would let users comment on proposed changes to its governing documents, but not vote.
The text of the notice starts as follows: “In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, graphics, comics, paintings, photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berner Convention). For commercial use of the above my written consent is needed at all times!”
It then goes on claiming that anyone can copy this text and paste it on their Facebook wall, which supposedly forbids Facebook to “disclose, copy, distribute, disseminate, or take any other action against [the user] on the basis of this profile and/or its contents.”
Finally, the notice points out that “Facebook is now an open capital entity.” and that all its members are “recommended to publish a notice like this.”
The notice resembles a text from July which also spread virally on Facebook and, just like that notice, the new one is untrue as well.
The idea behind the “notice” is that Facebook’s listing as a publicly traded company will negatively affect its users’ privacy, which is not true. Simply put, Facebook and its users are still bound to the same terms and conditions that are accepted by users when they sign up for the service, and posting a legal “talisman” of this kind on your profile does nothing to change that.
We’ve included the full text of the notice below.
In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, graphics, comics, paintings, photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berner Convention). For commercial use of the above my written consent is needed at all times!
(Anyone reading this can copy this text and paste it on their Facebook
Wall. This will place them under protection of copyright laws. By the present communiqué, I notify Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, disseminate, or take any other action against me on the basis of this profile and/or its contents. The aforementioned prohibited actions also apply to employees, students, agents and/or any staff under Facebook’s direction or control. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of my privacy is punished by law (UCC 1 1-308-308 1-103 and the Rome Statute).
Facebook is now an open capital entity. All members are recommended to publish a notice like this, or if you prefer, you may copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once, you will be tacitly allowing the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in your profile status updates…
BONUS: 10 Facebook Tips for Power Users
1. View Photos Full-Screen
You can browse Facebook photos in full-screen mode, making for a better gallery viewing experience.
In an album, click on the first image, then hover over the photo. A floating menu will appear along the bottom of the image.
Click on “Options” and you’ll see the ability to “Enter Fullscreen.” Now you can browse with a clean, black background.
To return to normal mode, simply hit the Escape key or the “X” on the top-right of your display.
2. Hide What You Read
If you like Facebook’s new social reading apps, but don’t want to broadcast to the world what you read on your coffee break, adjust the settings accordingly.
For apps that you’re already using, head to “Account Settings” from the drop-down menu next to “Home” at the top-right of your display. Go to the “Apps” tab.
Now click “Edit” to the right of the relevant app. In the box that opens you’ll see “Posts on your behalf – Who can see posts this app makes for you on your Facebook timeline?”
Use the drop-down menu to select “Only me.” You can also follow this same process as you sign up to new apps.
3. Create a List Based on Your Interests
Have you taken advantage of Facebook’s “Lists” functionality?
Similar to Twitter lists, you can create lists based on your interests and then tune in for a targeted catch-up on certain topics.
To create your first list, simply click “More” next to the “Interests” section on your homepage menu. Click “Add Interests,” then “Create List.”
Your lists can be comprised of people, subscriptions and friends. Once created, you can choose to make them private to you, or share them with the world.
4. Populate Your Map With Pics
You can retrospectively add locations to images you’ve already uploaded to Facebook, making for an interesting map that shows all the places you’ve been.
To populate your map with photos, click on the “Photos” box under your cover photos and select “Add Photos to Map.”
You will then be able to scroll through all your images and add the relevant geo data.
There’s more information about adding imagery to your Facebook map here.
5. Reposition Photos on Your Timeline
If you want your timeline to look as lovely as possible, you can fine tune how your images appear.
If an image is off-center or you can’t see the main focus of the photo, reposition it to look better.
Click the “Edit or Remove” pencil icon on the top-right and select “Reposition Photo.” Click and drag it until it’s in a better position.
6. Hide From Friends In Facebook Chat
There’s bound to be a few people you’d rather not chat with on Facebook. Hiding, or appearing to be offline to certain friends, is simple.
Just click on that person’s name in the chat window, as if you were about to start a conversation, then hit the cog icon in the top-right.
From the menu, click “Go Offline to [Name].” You are now hidden.
A more detailed walk-through of this process can be found here.
7. Pre-Approve All Tags
Did you know you can set your Facebook account to require pre-approval before any tagged content appears on your timeline?
To set this up, select “Privacy Settings” from the drop-down menu on the top-right of your Facebook page.
Next to “Timeline and Tagging,” click on “Edit Settings.”
Look down for “Review posts friends tag you in before they appear on your Timeline” and “Review tags friends add to your own posts on Facebook” — set these both to “on.”
We have previously offered a more detailed look at this process. It can be found here.
8. Hide Annoying Content From Your News Feed
What appears in your Facebook news feed is subject of much discussion, but you can control it, to a certain extent.
From the homepage, click on the pencil icon that appears when you hover over “News Feed,” and select “Edit settings.”
Here you can hide posts coming into your stream from certain people, certain apps and certain pages.
If you really want to drill down to customize your news feed, we have previously offered some useful tipshere.
9. Create a Secret Group
You can create a “secret” Facebook group that only you, and the friends you choose to share it with, can view. It’s a fun way to share members-only content with a select few.
To start your secret group, click “More” next to the “Groups” area on your homepage. Select “Create Group” on the next page that loads.
Once you’ve named your group, choose a fun icon from the drop-down menu, add friends and then check the “secret” option.
You will now see your new group under the “Groups” area in your homepage. Click on it to post to the group and view content from others.
10. Upload Images in High Quality
Finally, Facebook’s default photo upload functionality is not high resolution.
If you want to ensure your images are the best quality possible, always check the “High Quality” box as you upload.
It will take a little longer, but the better images should be worth the wait.