Facebook Privacy Notice is a Hoax
The legal disclaimer making its way through your friends' status updates does nothing to alter the social networking site's Terms of Service.
Have you seen the legal disclaimer that claims to protect your privacy rights posted on Facebook a lot the past few days? Don't buy it.
Facebook's new status (pun partially intended) as a publicly traded company did nothing to alter the privacy agreements users had before it went public. And posting the notice does nothing to alter the agreement users accept when registering for an account on the site.
For more information, check out this article on Snopes.com.
Here's the full text of the notice circulating:
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