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Will posting a Facebook privacy notice do anything?

Facebook_privacy

Unfortunately, this is one of those online myths that just keeps coming back.  Yes, it is a myth.  And yes, it keeps coming back…  over, and over, and over again.

According to the myth, posting the following notice on your Facebook will protect your privacy and somehow override Facebook’s privacy policy:

Due to the fact that Facebook has chosen to involve software that will allow the theft of my personal information, I do declare the following: on this day, November 26,2014, in response to the new Facebook guidelines and under articles L.111, 112 and 113 of the code of intellectual property, I declare that my rights are attached to all my personal data, drawings, paintings, photos, texts etc… published on my profile. For commercial use of the foregoing my written consent is required at all times.
Those reading this text can copy it and paste it on their Facebook wall. This will allow them to place themselves under the protection of copyright. By this release, I tell Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, broadcast, or to take any other action against me on the basis of this profile and/or its contents. The actions mentioned above apply equally to employees, students, agents and/or other staff under the direction of Facebook.
The contents of my profile include private information. The violation of my privacy is punished by the law (UCC 1 1-308 – 308 1 -103 and the Rome Statute). Facebook is now an open capital entity. All members are invited to post a notice of this kind, or if you prefer, you can copy and paste this version. If you have not published this statement at least once, you will tacitly allow the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in your profile update.

According to Snopes, this is false.  Posting such a notice will not do anything.  Remember, the internet is full of lies, half-truths and propaganda.  Don’t believe anything you read on the web and social media.  Even if your Grandmother is posting – check your sources.  Once you check, check it again.

By the way, if you do not agree with Facebook’s privacy policies, you have several options:

  • Don’t sign up for a Facebook account.
  • Try to negotiate a modified policy with Facebook.
  • Take Facebook to court.
  • Lobby for Facebook to amend its policies through its Facebook Site Governance section.
  • Cancel your Facebook account.

Balls, Bags and more…

WHAT’S IN THE MEATBALLS? – We had a wonderful, early dinner at the Vietnamese Noodle Soup Restaurant at Times Square in Richmond Hill.  You’ve got to Love and appreciate a restaurant that has such a simple name.  You probably don’t even need a menu.  Just sit down and a fellow would bring you just that…  Vietnamese Noodle Soup.  I so thoroughly enjoyed the steak and meatballs, I had to ask the proprietor:  “exactly what is in the meatballs”.  Apparently, only asian spices, beef and beef tendon.  Mmm, mmm, good.  Deb has a spicier version for her chicken noodle bowl.  The red pepper broth reminded me of Thai tom-yum soup.  It’s nice to try different places.  In this particular neighbourhood of Richmond Hill and Markham, one could probably try a new Asian restaurant every single day of the year.  Soup, dim sum, buffets, bakeries, barbeques, steak houses, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Asian fusion…  I’m Lovin’ it all.

ALL HER BAGS ARE PACKED – My sweetheart, the Duchess of Thornhill is leaving Stately Way, the official residence tomorrow.  She’s heading to Kingston for two weeks.  It will be longest we’ve been apart since last spring.  How will I cope?  How will I make it through?  I’ll probably gorge myself on guilt-free junk food.  That always makes me feel better.  But when she comes back and I’ve gained 20 pounds, she’s probably won’t approve.  At least I’ll have the dog to keep me company.  Those of you who know me, know how thrilled I am about that.  Some of the things I’ll miss the most: singing to her every morning, opening the car door for her, and telling her how beautiful she is everyday.  Although, I suppose I can do that by telephone.  Lots can be accomplished on the phone.

NO TIME TO UNPACK – When she returns Deborah and I will be travelling to Montego Bay for a little romance and ‘R and R’.  Looking forward to our long weekend adventure to Jamaica.  We’ll be staying in a gorgeous private beach villa, complete with our own kitchen staff, car and driver, private pool and private beach.  We’re looking forward to travelling with our gracious hosts, Joe, Fiona and little Matteo.  Such generous and beautiful people.  Snorkeling, reading on the beach, tennis and some fun in the sun.  Oh yeah, Baby!!

FACEBOOK – I tried to get Facebook “Places” going today, but my device doesn’t seem to want to load it.  I’m Loving all the new functionality of the service.  Today, Facebook launched the new service that can share to other users where you are, and where you’ve been.  Just in case you want other people to know you are at Winners or Cassis.  During our walk today, I was just telling Deb that I haven’t been on Facebook all that long.  For the longest time I resisted joining, instead trying to develop, program and code my own server and database.  It’s a great, geeky hobby to have, but it takes a lot of time and patience.  When I seen everybody and their grandmother had a Facebook profile and sharing notes better than I can, I was a bit miffed.  So I decided to join the Facebook revolution.  For my website and blog, I resorted to a open source app and a mainstream server.  I hope to do a redesign this winter and write a little more often.

MUNICIPAL ELECTION – Who exactly are we going to vote for in the municipal election?  Suburban elections seem pretty dull.  There is a lot going on in the Toronto election, but it seems there is very few issues herein Thornhill-Markham.  Nobody seems to be courting our vote here.  We’ve had a couple of people come door-to-door to leave junkmail but not enough to get any information from.

THE TOWN – okay, more than half-way through the year and I don’t have a clear favorite for the Academy Awards.  However, I may have a personal favorite.  Yesterday, Deb and I seen The Town, starring and directed by Ben Affleck.  We really enjoyed the film and a couple of time I caught myself holding my sweetheart’s hand a little too tight.  A couple of twists and turns and some pretty good characters.  It’s a pretty quiet time for movies, but I was glad we went and seen this one.  Critics seem to enjoy the film as well.  You never know what Oscar time will bring.

And how was your week?