“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 For those of you who do not understand the reasoning behind this posting, Facebook is now a publicly traded entity. Unless you state otherwise, anyone can infringe on your right to privacy once you post to this site. It is recommended that you and other members post a similar notice as this, or you may copy and paste this version. If you do not post such a statement once, then you are indirectly allowing public use of items such as your photos and the information contained in your status updated”

Chances are you have seen the above message posted either in the form of status updates or on a person’s profile page. But the question is will this disclaimer really protect your privacy and prevent people from using what you post on social media against you and/or other people? The answer is a resounding no.  In fact, posting such a “disclaimer” may actually invite trouble as it makes it appear you have something to hide, and may actually result in your social media accounts being suspended or deleted entirely. I would strongly advise against posting the disclaimer simply use some discretion when it comes to what you post as anything you say can and more than likely will be used against you…. regardless of whether you grant people permission to do so or not.

It’s the 21st century and many/most of your so called “rights” are more or less privileges that can be revoked at any given moment for any reason or simply because someone feels like it. There’s no privacy when you are in an internationally public domain.



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