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Posting the Latest Privacy Notice to Your Facebook Wall Doesn't Protect You

The Short of It

Facebook users are posting a new privacy notice to their walls ad nauseum, hoping to protect their posts and private photos from being used without their permission. Unfortunately, it doesn't work.

The Lowdown

"I declare that my rights are attached to all my personal data, drawings, paintings, photos, texts, etc.... published on my profile. For commercial use of the foregoing my written consent is required at all times," the post reads. If only it were that easy.

Facebook does have an updated data policy and terms of service that goes into effect Jan. 1, 2015, but not yet. As much as we might wish the terms were already updated and we could opt in or out of certain features, it simply is not possible at this time. Yet, it seems like everyone is posting this declaration of privacy.

It's understandable. The internet is not the safest place to be putting all of your private business because it is a public forum. Between privacy breaches, hacks, government programs and an abundance of smart advertising, people are becoming a little trepidatious about using Facebook even though probably not worried enough to stop posting.

The Upshot

Facebook has been trying to work out the kinks. Users are now regularly seeing notifications alerting them to changes in privacy policies and terms of service, so that 's something. Now, we will just wait and see what Jan. 1 brings, but in the meantime, please stop posting the "copyright privacy policy;" it doesn't exist...yet.

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