Fake Facebook privacy notice being spread online

Hoax began on Facebook following release of new privacy guidelines

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DETROIT - A Facebook privacy notice, which supposedly protects personal details and data from unauthorized copying, is a fake.

The hoax started last week after Facebook released new privacy guidelines.

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Facebook users are encouraged to customize their privacy settings to control who can see and engage with timeline content, including photos, wall posts and other personal info posted by you or your friends.

The fake notice reads:

n response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, graphics, comics, paintings, photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berner Convention). For commercial use of the above my written consent is needed at all times!

(Anyone reading this can copy this text and paste it on their Facebook Wall. This will place them under protection of copyright laws. By the present communiqué, I notify Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, disseminate, or take any other action against me on the basis of this profile and/or its contents. The aforementioned prohibited actions also apply to employees, students, agents and/or any staff under Facebook's direction or control. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of my privacy is punished by law (UCC 1 1-308-308 1-103 and the Rome Statute).

Facebook is now an open capital entity. All members are recommended to publish a notice like this, or if you prefer, you may copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once, you will be tacitly allowing the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in your profile status updates…

The idea behind the "notice" is that Facebook's listing as a publicly traded company will negatively affect its users' privacy, which is not true.

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