An old scam is back again. The Facebook Privacy Notice scam is a legal-sounding message which claims to ‘protect’ a user’s content, because Facebook will now make even private posts public. There is one problem: the claim is a lie.
The bogus message states:
“I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, or posts, both past and future. By 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 If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates.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.”
If you’re still not convinced this legal update is a hoax, try Google searching “Rome Statute” and you’ll find that it formed International Criminal Court at Hague, and has nothing to do with privacy or Facebook.