NetworkConnect Share FB Facebook Terms, Conditions and Privacy And what it really means to you Curtin University of Technology - unit NET303 - Assignment 2 Online Policy Primer
There’s the standard terms of… You promise to ensure that you keep your current information up to date and not to share anyone else’s information without their consent, You confirm that you are not a convicted sex offender, you promise not to open more than one personal profile and that you are in fact older than 13, and in return, Facebook promise to keep you as safe as possible, providing that you comply to all the rules, not bully anyone, not SPAM fellow Facebook users, not upload viruses, not post hate messages, threats or pornographic material OTHERWISE Facebook will delete your account immediately and do not try and open another account without their written permission!
Your information belongs to you… Right? Every status update, photo, video, share of a link or information you enter into Facebook is your Intellectual Property (IP) BUT While you are using Facebook, you grant FB a “non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post or in connection with Facebook” (Facebook, 2011). As long as you You can limit However, FB use the the amount of does value privacy information your privacy settings FB that is shared provides publicly.
So how can I limit what Facebook do with my information? Use your privacy settings to customise what information you share publicly but keep in mind that when you’ve signed up to use Facebook, you have already granted them license to use your information as they see fit. However, Facebook promise to remove your name, location, phone numbers and any other information that could be traced directly to you before selling it to advertisers. “Selling my information?”, I hear you ask in outrage! Yes, it is true but Facebook promise that it is only to provide you with more targeted advertising!
Where does all these ads come from and how do they know that I like shoes? Remember that you cannot use your profile for advertising but as Facebook already own your information, even though you use privacy settings to limit what is made public - FB has already determined through your recent status update that you have a slight shoe addiction and thus it was easy for them to help a shoe company to advertise directly to your profile! Your photo Online shoe tagged at Direct seller that shoe sale and advertising wants to your recent to your status update advertise Facebook about Jimmy via profile Choo Facebook
Surely there must be a way I can maintain some control over my Facebook information? Short answer is, NO – not really. HOWEVER, by using the privacy settings you can limit what the general public sees about you BUT if you comment on a friend’s status that doesn’t have any privacy limitations in place – your comments is unprotected and open for everyone to see!
Facebook keeps on changing its ‘look’, I don’t like the recent changes, I want to complain! Facebook do not have to inform you of any intended changes, they reserve the right to change the rules whenever they want. BUT if you become a fan of the Facebook Site Governance Page, you will have insight into upcoming changes and be given an opportunity to comment within a specified time frame.
Ok, so my information is being used for advertising, anything else I should know? YES – you should know that if you reside outside of the United States, all of your personal information is transferred to the US for processing. “You consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States” (Facebook, 2011). Also, if you are a resident of the US or Canada, your agreement is with FACEBOOK INC. If you reside in any other country, your agreement if with FACEBOOK IRELAND LTD. The above has legal implications that you need to study and understand to determine how it effects you.
I’m not sure I want to use Facebook anymore, what are my options? To Deactivate your account, means that all of your information is simply placed on hold. It is not available for viewing by anyone previously connected to your profile but if you should change your mind and decide to come back to Facebook, upon re-activation, everything will still be there as you have left it. To Delete your account means exactly that. Your profile and information will be permanently deleted but as some of your information will still be on back-up copies and logs, it might take up to 90 days for everything to be permanently removed.
Reference: Facebook. (2011). Terms. Retrieved from http://www.facebook.com/terms.php?ref=pf Facebook. (2011). Information we receive and how it is used. Retrieved from http://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/your-info Facebook. (2011). How advertising works. Retrieved from http://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/advertising#personalizedads Facebook. (2011). Notice of changes. Retrieved from http://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/other Facebook. (2011). Data Use Policy. Retrieved from http://www.facebook.com/full_data_use_policy Facebook [privacy control image]. 2011. Retrieved from http://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/your-info-on-fb#controlprofile Facebook [site governance image]. 2011. Retrieved from http://www.facebook.com/fbsitegovernance