Facebook ‘Privacy Notice’ is utter horseshit

Mat Honan for Gizmodo:

If you have a Facebook account, you’ve likely seen your dull friends post some version of a “privacy notice” there recently. The idea is that posting it as your status will somehow prevent Facebook from, well, doing the things Facebook does with your information. It’s nonsense. Don’t be that person.

I’m astonished at how many people who ought to know better have fallen into this trap. It’s ridiculous magical thinking that repeating some incantation will save you from the big, bad government robots and others who want to do you harm.

You gave away your privacy rights the second you signed up for a Facebook account. If it’s really that big a deal to you, cancel your account and delete all the information therein. And wake up, and realize any time you’re not paying for something (and even sometimes when you are), you are the product that’s being sold – to advertisers and anyone else capable of paying the service provider for your information.

That goes for Facebook, that goes for Google, that goes for a lot of online services, and no legalese sounding bullshit you’ve posted to your wall is going to change that.



  • http://www.johncblandii.com John C. Bland II

    I thought it was just my friends and family posting this message. lol

    Quote of the day from the article: “You might as well post a status update that Facebook owes you a gazillion dollars and a bigger penis for all the good it will do.”

    BWAHHHH!!! :-D

  • Michael

    “It’s ridiculous magical thinking that repeating some incantation will save you…”

    Could have stopped right there. It’s a perfect analogue to religion!

  • Player_16

    I have a fb account. Look me up! I’m under “Player”

  • http://ComicsPundit.com/ Shawn L.

    It’s sort of Cargo Cult version of Terms of Service language.

  • http://www.thediceguys.com Dean Lewis

    I’ve seen similar things posted in the profiles of people on Google+. I wondered if they realized they had to agree to all the stuff they were denying to be able to post there.

  • http://twitter.com/laZee laZee

    I don’t feel like being sold. I feel like i’m paying for a service with my data. And thats totally fine for me.