I don’t know what triggered this viral movement, but I will say, and what I have said, over, and over again to my clients, students and friends…
If you don’t want it out there for everyone to see, watch and use, don’t put it there!
Done. Finished. Easy
Now, on the other hand we’re all guilty of posting our favorite pics of the kids (guilty), new cool shades, or gourmet treats from our kitchens (guilty), sometimes public sometimes private. Are you thinking about how others can use your content before you push that magic post button? Probably not! When was the last time, or ever that you read all – yes, all of the Facebook Privacy Terms? You can start reading what Facebook makes you agree to before you open an account here.
However, let’s cut to the chase, this is the line that you should read, and understand, that you agreed to, as soon as you opened your account:
“For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.”
Snopes published an explanation today about this viral mess.
There is a new application that I suggest you use called MyPermissions. The first time I used it I cleaned out over 200 apps that I don’t use anymore from my Facebook Account that had access to my account information.
If you are looking for further information on Privacy and Copyright rules and regulations here are a few places to start:
Now here’s a tip, go check your security and privacy settings on your Social Network accounts!