This first part of defeating an addiction is admitting you have a problem.  I have to come out now and say, I have a problem…I am addicted to Facebook!  I love everything and anything involved with Facebook.  Sometimes I find certain status updates boring, but that is pretty rare.  I will click on almost anything on Facebook because I love to see what everyone is up to on there.  Well, believing everything on Facebook has come back to bite me in the butt.  I read something new about Facebook’s privacy settings that started to scare me and other people.  If you have seen this message, you know what I’m talking about.  If you haven’t seen it, don’t worry because it’s not real!

According to Yahoo, people have been posting a message in their status update regarding a change in the Facebook privacy settings.  People have been worried that now Facebook is a public company, that our privacy has been compromised.  So people have been putting this message into their status so they won’t be taken advantage of:

For those of you who do not understand the reasoning behind this posting, 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 is recommended that you and other members post a similar notice as this, or you may copy and paste this version. If you do not post such a statement once, then you are indirectly allowing public use of items such as your photos and the information contained in your status updates.

    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.

    You are hereby notified that you are strictly prohibited from disclosing, copying, distributing, disseminating, or taking any other action against me with regard to this profile and the contents herein.

    The foregoing prohibitions also apply to your employee, agent, student or any personnel under your direction or control. The contents of this profile are private and legally privileged and confidential information, and the violation of my personal privacy is punishable by law. UCC 1-103 1-308 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED WITHOUT PREJUDICE

So, this message cites the U.S. Uniform Commercial Code, which has NOTHING to do with privacy.  Also, a representative says that the privacy settings have in fact NOT changed.  And if they did, this message wouldn’t do anything to help you!

“To all these people posting this ‘privacy notice’ on Facebook: you’re right to be concerned about your privacy on Facebook, but posting that does absolutely nothing to help you,” says Sarah Downey, online privacy analyst at online privacy firm Abine. “Facebook’s Terms of Use and Data Use Policy govern your content. You ‘agree’ to them by using Facebook’s services. Making a post saying that you don’t isn’t legal magic that will change this fact.”

If you do have a problem with any changes in privacy, make sure you check your privacy settings and make sure you understand what is really going on!

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