Lately, a number of people have updated their Facebook statuses with a genuine-looking message, which is allegedly from Facebook and states that since Facebook has become a publicly traded company, items posted on profiles can be used legally by anyone.
The message goes on to elaborate that unless otherwise stated, anyone will be able to infringe on your right to privacy once you post on this website. The status then urges the users to copy or paste the same notice on their profiles and spread the word.
The status then has a very legal-looking privacy note, which goes as follows, " PRIVACY NOTICE: Warning -- any person and/or institution and/or Agent and/or Agency of any governmental structure including but not limited to the United States Federal Government also using or monitoring/using this website or any of its associated websites, you do NOT have my permission to utilize any of my profile information nor any of the content contained herein including, but not limited to my photos, and/or the comments made about my photos or any other “picture” art posted on my profile.
You are hereby notified that you are strictly prohibited from disclosing, copying, distributing, disseminating, or taking any other action against me with regard to this profile and the contents herein. The foregoing prohibitions also apply to your employee , agent , student or any personnel under your direction or control.
The contents of this profile are private and legally privileged and confidential information, and the violation of my personal privacy is punishable by law. UCC 1-103 1-308 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED WITHOUT PREJUDICE," as reported on zdnet.com;
However, what this notice says is wrong, according to this article of MSNBC, which quotes a spokesperson for Facebook also.