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Facebook Privacy Policy Change 2016: Sells UK User Profiles to USA

You might have noticed while scrolling on your Facebook timeline status several posts about a Facebook privacy policy change to publicize all users private content and how to protect yourself by copy and pasting the status.

Just recently, a rumor has spread across the social media giant of a Facebook privacy policy change through a statement copied and pasted by several users.

Facebook Privacy Policy Change Statement:

“Deadline today!!!Everything you’ve ever posted becomes public from tomorrow. Even messages that have been deleted or the photos not allowed. It costs nothing for a simple copy and paste, better safe than sorry. Channel 13 News talked about the change in Facebook’s privacy policy.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. 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). NOTE: Facebook is now a public entity. All members must post a note like this. If you prefer, you can copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates. DO NOT SHARE. Copy and paste to be safe”

Truth About the Facebook Privacy Policy Change

The Facebook privacy policy change claims are however, confirmed to be false. In fact, these kinds of posts have been quite rampant in the social media site and have always been proven to be false.

Inquistr explains that the UCC 1-308- 1 1 308-103 is not a law but a model for moral conduct in commerce and the Rome Statute is an international treaty about dealing with war criminals. Both are not related to Facebook.

According to Sophos, the current trending hoax as well as some in the past are actually made trending by Facebook itself since replacing their human curators to algorithms.

However, the rumor started with the news that Facebook has signed up on a new EU data pact. The new treaty allows transfer of private information from EU users to the US.

Telegraph explains that the site has been hushed about adding a Privacy Shield. This allows a US-based tech company to import EU citizens’ private information abroad for advertising data and its new Workplace service.

This treaty followed the previous Safe Harbor privacy policy which was made invalid by the European Court of Justice.

It is also to be expected that this new one will be under much scrutiny. The European Commission even shared a tweet to let its citizens know what their rights are regarding this new Facebook privacy policy change.


About Francesca Osorio

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