Have you seen a friend post a ‘legal notice’ or a 'privacy notice' that is meant to protect your privacy rights from big bad Facebook? I bet you've thought about posting that notice yourself, but will it actually help protect your privacy?

Here's a snippet of the most recent notice making the rounds on Facebook (courtesy of LifeHacker):

In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, graphics, comics, paintings, photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berner Convention). For commercial use of the above my written consent is needed at all times!


(Anyone reading this can copy this text and paste it on their Facebook Wall. This will place them under protection of copyright laws.) By the present communiqué, I notify Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, disseminate, or take any other action against me on the basis of this profile and/or its contents. The aforementioned prohibited actions also apply to employees, students, agents and/or any staff under Facebook's direction or control. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of my privacy is punished by law (UCC 1 1-308-308 1-103 and the Rome Statute).

Will this help protect your privacy? The definitive answer is no. It won't do any good at all. Sorry about your luck.

Considering you already agreed to Facebook’s legal terms, including their privacy policy when you were granted an account, there is absolutely no 'legal notice' you can post that will supersede theirs.

So please don't copy and paste this legal notice to your Facebook status. It won't do you any good.

(Via Snopes / LifeHacker)