It’s back! People are once again sharing a useless legal privacy notice on Facebook

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By Thomas Connelly on

It has been redrafted but it’s still nonsense


Facebook users are once again sharing a completely useless privacy notice over fears the social media giant is about to make their posts public without their consent.

The ‘legal status’ — which has been shared by thousands of Facebook users over the last few days — warns that “everything you’ve ever posted becomes public from tomorrow.”


Citing recent privacy changes, which were apparently covered extensively on “Channel 13 News”, the legal nonsense continues:

I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, messages or posts, both past and future. With this statement, I give notice to Facebook it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, or take any other action against me based on this profile and/or its contents.

This time last year a similar status did the social media rounds. On this occasion Legal Cheek revealed how a lawyer — fortunately from the USA — had fallen for the useless privacy notice.

But clearly the lawyer idiot author of this latest update has taken some pointers from his predecessor. Once again — striking fear into the hearts of Facebook’s lawyers — the status quotes and namechecks the “Rome Statute”:

The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of privacy can be punished by law (UCC 1-308- 1 1 308-103 and the Rome Statute).

Like Legal Cheek pointed out last time round, Facebook’s intellectual property policy isn’t straightforward. Subject to individual privacy settings, Mark Zuckerberg and co can — in accordance with the sites “IP License” — pretty much do what they want with the content you upload. If Claire who you go to Zumba with decides to invoke the Rome Statute, that probably isn’t going to make blind bit of difference.