Ok so here’s a quick heads-up on your Facebook privacy…they are making some data policy changes you need to be aware of that will kick in on September 5th (that’s tomorrow) and basically they will be able to use your name and image in ads whether you like it or not and they won’t have to pay you a cent. The changes come in the wake of a $20 million settlement last week where Facebook had to pay out the people whose image they used in sponsored ads. To prevent that from happening again they have literally scratched out the old rules and added new ones saying they can essentially do what they want and you can do sh*t about it.
Here are the proposed changes. They literally scratched out the part where you can use the privacy setting to limit how your name and image is used.
So to make that clear…by accepting Facebook’s terms and conditions you have agreed to…
“You give us permission to use your name, profile picture, content, and information in connection with commercial, sponsored, or related content (such as a brand you like) served or enhanced by us.”
This from TIME magazine.
“Hey everyone! Get ready for your close up – effective September 5, Facebook is ready to make you a star in commercials whether you want to be or not.
Facebook proposed a change to its Data Use Policy (PDF) yesterday that scrubs a sentence saying you can “use your privacy settings to limit how your name and profile picture may be associated with commercial, sponsored, or related content (such as a brand you like) served or enhanced by us.” It has now been replaced by a sentence that says, well … precisely the opposite.” [TIME]
So instead of stopping the use of user data in ads they have just made it legal.
Now you know.