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There’s currently a Facebook status going around that states the following:

Warning–any person and/or institution and/or Agent and/or Agency of any governmental, public or private structure including but not limited to the United States or Canadian Federal Government or any EU member state, 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 photo’s 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(s), agent(s), student(s) 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.


It is recommended that other members post a similar notice to this or you may copy and paste this one. Thank you. FB is now a publicly traded site, Protect Yours

I’ll start by stating I’m not a lawyer, but I work in privacy. You are bound by the terms of service of Facebook, you can not make exemptions for yourself. If you do not agree with the the terms, you should not be using Facebook.
Facebook, like Google, and any other free service, are not volunteer run organizations. If you’re not paying for the product or service, you are the product or service being sold.

Send me your email address if you want an invite to Diaspora; a decentralized social network that is privacy focused.

If you won’t want information you write on the internet published, don’t write it at all, as it could always be compromised at some point.

UPDATE: Nov 26th, 2012: In case my post above isn’t clear, this status is a hoax, also reported by snopes. Remember to always verify the source before copy and pasting, otherwise you’re the one that looks silly to your social network.