Posting a status update will not protect your Facebook privacy

By Justin Lafferty Comment


Every few months, a chain letter-type status update makes the rounds on Facebook, declaring that the user’s data and content are off-limits for advertising or other uses.

Posting these updates do not, in any way, change your Facebook profile’s level of protection. Many of these status update chains may have started in response to Facebook updating its privacy policy, announced recently. Facebook has been notifying users of the updated terms and conditions in a notification.

But posting a status update does not change how Facebook governs data. Inside Facebook, along with sister site AllFacebook, has several how-to guides and walkthroughs, showing users how to protect what information they share on Facebook.

This is one of the most recent status update chains that have been going around:

Today, (date) in response to the Facebook guidelines and under articles L.111, 112 and 113 of the code of intellectual property, I declare that my rights are attached to all my personal data, drawings, paintings, photos, texts etc… published on my profile. For commercial use of the foregoing my written consent is required at all times. Those reading this text can copy it and paste it on their Facebook wall. This will allow them to place themselves under the protection of copyright. By this release, I tell Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, broadcast, or to take any other action against me on the basis of this profile and/or its contents. The actions mentioned above apply equally to employees, students, agents and/or other staff under the direction of Facebook. The contents of my profile includes private information. The violation of my privacy is punished by the law (UCC 1 1-308 – 308 1 – 103 and the Rome Statute). Facebook is now an open capital entity. All members are invited to post a notice of this kind, or if you prefer, you can copy and paste this version. If you have not published this statement at least once, you will tacitly allow the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in your profile.

Here are some stories we’ve published in the past to give you a better grip on your Facebook privacy: