Facebook's New Privacy Policy: Every Step You Take, Facebook Will Be Watching You

Facebook's latest Privacy Policy is a joke. They claim, "We want to earn your trust by being transparent about how Facebook works."  We're guessing the majority of the 300 million Facebook members out there won't be reading this new policy (and even if 1 million members read it and don't like it, it won't matter to Facebook.)  However, anyone who reads and comprehends it should not feel that they can trust Facebook whatsoever.  In an effort to simplify it, we tried to  extract the basics from their policy for you, though we still encourage you to the whole thing for yourself.  In a nutshell, and despite everything they pretend to assure, everything you do or share on Facebook is collected and tracked, by Facebook.  If Facebook has any reason to believe it needs to protect itself or you from violating its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, then it reserves the right to share that information (see section 5, paragraph 10).  Furthermore, "Facebook cannot ensure that information you share on Facebook will not become publicly available."



Your name, email, gender, and birth date, where you went to school, where you work, pictures of yourself, additional information for security reasons, information about your hometown, family, relationships, your political and religious views, your activities, interests, contact information, your education and job history.


Status updates, photos, videos, links you share, groups AND events you create, comments, wall postings, notes, and correspondence with friends.


Facebook keeps track of all your actions on Facebook such as:

Adding a friend, becoming a fan of a Facebook Page, joining a group or an event, creating a photo album, sending a gift, poking another user, indicating you “like” a post, attending an event, or authorizing an application. In some cases you are also taking an action when you provide information or content to Facebook. For example, if you share a video, in addition to storing the actual content you uploaded, they might log the fact you shared it.


When you access Facebook from a computer, mobile phone or other device, Facebook may collect information from that device about your browser type, location, and IP address, as well as the pages you visit.


Whenever you authorize a Facebook-enhanced application or website, Facebook receives information from them, including information about actions you take. In some cases,  Facebook may receive a limited amount of information even before you authorize the application or website.  Facebook may institute programs with third parties in which they share information with Facebook.  Facebook can ask advertisers to tell them how you responded to ads.  Facebook may receive information about whether or not you’ve seen or interacted with certain ads on other sites.


Facebook collects information about you from other Facebook users, such as when a friend tags you in a photo or video, provides friend details, or indicates a relationship with you.


To "manage the service."  Facebook is also going to act as judge, jury, and executioner as they claim they will use this information to  "prevent potentially illegal activities,"  and to enforce their Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. They also use a variety of systems to "detect and address anomalous activity." 

Facebook may disclose information pursuant to subpoenas, court orders, or other requests (including criminal and civil matters)....They may also share information when they have a good faith belief it is necessary.......to protect themselves and you from people violating their Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. This may include sharing information with other companies, lawyers, courts or government entities. 

Deactivating or deleting your account. If you want to stop using your account you may deactivate it or delete it. When you deactivate an account, no user will be able to see it, but it will not be deleted. Facebook saves your profile information (friends, photos, interests, etc.) in case you later decide to reactivate your account. Many users deactivate their accounts for temporary reasons and in doing so are asking us to maintain their information until they return to Facebook. You will still have the ability to reactivate your account and restore your profile in its entirety. When you delete an account, it is permanently deleted. You should only delete your account if you are certain you never want to reactivate it. You may deactivate your account on your account settings page or delete your account on this help page.

Limitations on removal. Even after you remove information from your profile or delete your account, copies of that information may remain viewable elsewhere to the extent it has been shared with others, it was otherwise distributed pursuant to your privacy settings, or it was copied or stored by other users. However, your name will no longer be associated with that information on Facebook. (For example, if you post something to another user’s profile, and then you delete your account, that post may remain, but be attributed to an “Anonymous Facebook User.”) Additionally, they may retain certain information to prevent identity theft and other misconduct even if deletion has been requested. 

Risks inherent in sharing information. Facebook cannot control the actions of other users with whom you share your information. They cannot guarantee that only authorized persons will view your information. Facebook cannot ensure that information you share on Facebook will not become publicly available. Facebook is not responsible for third party circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures on Facebook. 

...Again, please read the entire privacy policy for yourself, here, or if you'd like to see the seriousess in which Facebook takes any of your concerns, you can click here.

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