You may have seen the recent email about the changes in Facebook’s terms and conditions. Well I went through the rights and responsibilities and data use policy documents. Here are some telling quotes and summaries:
“We receive data about you whenever you interact with Facebook”.
This is all possible data you can imagine including your physical location, every page you look at and everything you click on and post.
“Granting us permission to use your information not only allows us to provide Facebook as it exists today, but it also allows us to provide you with innovative features and services we develop in the future that use the information we receive about you in new ways….Typically, information associated with your account will be kept until your account is deleted. “
I assume we give them permission just by agreeing to the terms and policies, so giving permission is the default. Is there any way we can use the service and NOT give them permission to store and use our data? Probably not.
“You give us permission to use your name, and 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 means, for example, that you permit a business or other entity to pay us to display your name and/or profile picture with your content or information, without any compensation to you. If you have selected a specific audience for your content or information, we will respect your choice when we use it.”
Assume that all apps are just ploys to get and share more of your personal data.
“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.”
And finally this somewhat chilling statement written in all caps:
“FACEBOOK IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACTIONS, CONTENT, INFORMATION, OR DATA OF THIRD PARTIES, AND YOU RELEASE US, OUR DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AND AGENTS FROM ANY CLAIMS AND DAMAGES, KNOWN AND UNKNOWN, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH ANY CLAIM YOU HAVE AGAINST ANY SUCH THIRD PARTIES.”
You can download these documents here