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Can you fool Facebook into keeping your stuff private?

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There’s one thing that’s been inescapable on my Facebook timeline recently – nope, not Gangnam Style, that’s so five minutes ago – it’s the news that, now a publicly trading company, not only can Facebook do whatever they want with my stuff, anyone can infringe on my privacy if I post on there. Don’t panic though, there’s an easy solution! Well, no, actually there isn’t.

The solution that’s floating around claims posting some semi-legalese note will be enough to get you out of Facebook’s data

Even then, you’ve agreed to their policy previously, so really there’s no way of keeping your Facebook content to yourself.

use policy, and protect anything you post –photos, updates, all that fun stuff – from whatever they (or anyone else) may want to dowith it. There’s logic going on there – most websites come along with such legal notices –but that’s not how the law works.

Two things: one, Facebook becoming a publicly trading company has no effect on their privacy or copyright terms. Two, when you sign up for an account, you agreed to their privacy policy, and you can’t change that by copying and pasting a something that sounds roughly John Grisham-ish.

Signing up to Facebook means signing away, to a degree, anything you post on there into their grasp. The only way you can attain total privacy for either yourself or your child? Save for engaging in some costly negotiation with Zuckerberg himself, the only way out is to delete your account. Even then, you’ve agreed to their policy previously, so really there’s no way of keeping your Facebook content to yourself. So maybe think twice about what you post on there – and teach your child to do the same. And keep your digits away from Ctrl-V from now on.

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