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Facebook Isn’t Private, and 7 Other Things You Should Know



If you have a computer, you’re probably on Facebook. You’re networking with friends, adding personal details, storing your email address & cell phone number, uploading pictures, and much more.

But have you bothered to read Facebook’s Terms of Service (“TOS”) or Privacy Policy? What legal relationship have you agreed to? Who has access to your data and personal details?

Thanks to Chris Brogan, I started asking these questions. Then I waded through their terms and policies. Here are some things I found.

1. The terms can change any time

This is probably standard for a website’s TOS, but this disclaimer jumps out toward the top of Facebook’s TOS:

We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to change, modify, add, or delete portions of these Terms of Use at any time without further notice.

Since the rules can change at any time, you’re deemed to accept those changes by continuing to use the site. Even if you didn’t know of the change. Yeah, you’re the little guy in this relationship.

2. Personal use only

LinkedIn is all about jobs and business. MySpace is full of profiles for companies and products. But Facebook is supposedly only for personal use:

You understand that except for advertising programs offered by us on the Site (e.g., Facebook Flyers, Facebook Marketplace), the Service and the Site are available for your personal, non-commercial use only.

That theoretically means that only actual people can create profiles. And you’re not supposed to profit from it. But lots of charitable organizations have profiles, which doesn’t seem to fit the “personal” requirement to me. But be especially careful if you’re thinking of creating a profile for your business; you might get banned.

3. A single, individual user account

Along the same lines, every user account is supposed to be tied to an individual person, not a group:

In addition, you agree not to use the Service or the Site to: … register for more than one User account, register for a User account on behalf of an individual other than yourself, or register for a User account on behalf of any group or entity;

This also means that you can’t have two accounts on Facebook, in case you wanted to keep your alter-ego separate. Too bad.

4. You’re giving up a HUGE license

Facebook thrives (in part) because of the content users post there. But did you know that posting content gives Facebook a license to do whatever they want with your content?

By posting User Content to any part of the Site, you automatically grant, and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, to the Company an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, publicly perform, publicly display, reformat, translate, excerpt (in whole or in part) and distribute such User Content for any purpose on or in connection with the Site or the promotion thereof, to prepare derivative works of, or incorporate into other works, such User Content, and to grant and authorize sublicenses of the foregoing.

In plain English, this means you’re giving up copyright control of your material. If you upload a photo to Facebook, they can sell copies of it without paying you a cent. If you write lengthy notes (or import your blog posts!), Facebook can turn them into a book, sell a million copies, and pay you nothing. This deserves careful consideration!

5. Applications are NOT guaranteed safe

You might think that Facebook is watching your back with the security of third-party applications. You’d be wrong:

[W]hile we have undertaken contractual and technical steps to restrict possible misuse of such information by such Platform Developers, we do not screen or approve Developers, and we cannot and do not guarantee that all Platform Developers will abide by such restrictions and agreements.

In other words, “installer beware.” A malicious application developer could break through Facebook’s security protocols and expose your info. That would probably be difficult to do, but Facebook wouldn’t have to take the blame.

6. Disputes are arbitrated under Delaware law

If Facebook does something horridly wrong and you want to sue, guess what? You can’t (for most claims). You’ve agreed to “final and binding arbitration” for resolving most disputes with Facebook. I’d quote the language here, but it’s only interesting to us law geeks.

Suffice it to say, you probably won’t have a day in court with Facebook. If you did, it would be in California (required by the TOS), and the court would follow Delaware’s laws. That’s typical lawyering. :)

7. You surrender all submissions

Ever had a thought for a better Facebook? If you send it to them, it becomes their property:

You acknowledge and agree that any questions, comments, suggestions, ideas, feedback or other information about the Site or the Service (“Submissions”), provided by you to Company are non-confidential and shall become the sole property of Company.

This is probably typical of a large company. But you might not send them your latest award-winning idea. If you have something really great, keep it under wraps. Heck, maybe come up with a formal business proposal and some way to skirt this legal term.

8. Privacy is NOT guaranteed

I’d think twice before posting really private things on Facebook. From their Privacy Policy:

[W]e cannot and do not guarantee that User Content you post on the Site will not be viewed by unauthorized persons. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the Site.

If somebody hacks Facebook, steals all your content and contact info, then does something nefarious with it, you have no remedy against Facebook. The hacker would definitely be in trouble, but Facebook is the deep-pocketed corporation.

Besides, Facebook’s own third-party contractors might misuse your information:

We may provide information to service providers to help us bring you the services we offer. … Where we utilize third parties for the processing of any personal information, we implement reasonable contractual and technical protections limiting the use of that information to the Facebook-specified purposes.

But most importantly, Facebook doesn’t guarantee your privacy:

Please keep in mind that if you disclose personal information in your profile or when posting comments, messages, photos, videos, Marketplace listings or other items , this information may become publicly available.

If a company laptop is compromised, and all your personal data gets stolen, tough luck. You were warned.

Anything else?

The Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for Facebook are long. I’ve only covered a few points that really jumped out at me.

Do you have anything to add? Also, if you think I misunderstood something, please correct me.

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96 Responses to “Facebook Isn’t Private, and 7 Other Things You Should Know”

  1. Snoskred
    July 22nd, 2007

    Very interesting. I keep hearing about this facebook but I have not joined. Reading this I’m fairly happy about that.

    All of these types of things are able to be misused by hackers and phishers. In fact there is a new scam on the web at the moment – Nigeria Calling – where the Nigerian 419 scammers are getting into peoples email accounts, posing as the person who owns the email account and sending emails to friends and family saying they need money urgently sent to them. I guarantee this will catch some people out. These scammers have been phishing credit card details and other information out of people for a while now – and most of the people phished give their email address and password as well. If those people have the same password for everything, they’ve just handed the scammers a golden key!

    I would recommend to anyone using these kinds of sites to make sure you’re careful about your passwords – NEVER use the same password for everything. Make a different password for each site, make it something with numbers AND both upper and lower case letters.

    I’m adding this to my weekly wrap up next Sunday – I just did todays otherwise I would have included it. ;)

    Snoskred – has a new home at -
    http://www.snoskred.org/

  2. Chris Cree
    July 22nd, 2007

    Great post, Andrew! I wonder if this weighed into Chris Brogan’s reorienting his Grasshoppers group to Ning. Have you looked at their TOS as well?

  3. Andrew Flusche
    July 22nd, 2007

    Hey Chris,

    I’m glad you liked the post. From what Brogan said over at his Ning group, this is a big reason why he moved from Facebook. A major concern was that Facebook automatically gets a license in everything you post there (see #4). So they can do whatever they want with a group’s data, ideas, photos, etc. I don’t find that too comforting.

    I haven’t read Ning’s TOS yet. However, I might do that soon. After the bar exam, anyway – that is Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Yikes!

    Andrew

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  5. Owen
    July 22nd, 2007

    Hmm .. privacy and websites. Personally I believe that whenever you interact with anyone you lose an element of privacy and websites (particularly social networks) are no exception.

    I can understand the concern that anything create on Facebook you are automatically giving them a license to use .. but if this weren’t the case would they be able to show it to others without your express consent?

    Anyway .. Andrew .. you should be studying …

  6. Billy
    July 22nd, 2007

    Big community sites or big sites in general always have terms and conditions to protect themselves as well as their users. Whenever or where ever our browsing takes us, be aware that all our actions are recorded and watched. I think this is just a part of business.

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  8. mark
    July 22nd, 2007

    Stop spreading FUD these are standard terms so they don’t get sued.

    Just don’t post details on facebook like your phone number and address.

  9. John Bowie
    July 23rd, 2007

    these terms are largely to be expected out of self preservation, but what’s not always understood is these ‘trusted’ social networks’ vulnerability to intentional, malicious or other interference that can compromise privacy. Post with care – we’ve added the item to our law jobs blog at LawJobsPipeline.com

  10. Andrew Flusche
    July 23rd, 2007

    You guys are all probably right that these are pretty standard terms for big sites. However, that doesn’t make them less disturbing. CNN.com probably insulates itself from lawsuits, but everybody isn’t posting their lives to it.

    @mark – My point is that people ARE putting their phone numbers and addresses on Facebook. And they’re uploading personal photos, and much more. But Facebook is making virtually no promises to protect that data.

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  13. Jason Alba
    July 23rd, 2007

    Huh, you mean someone reads the TOS’s? :p :p

    I wonder if there are any TOS that are written the way that lets you keep all your rights?

    Jason Alba
    CEO – JibberJobber.com
    :: self-serve career management ::

  14. Disruptive Conversations
    July 23rd, 2007

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    Last week I wrote about Facebook’s Terms of Service and the fact that they basically own all the content you upload, but over the weekend legal student and blogger Andres Flusche wrote: “Facebook Isn’t Private, and 7 Other Things You…

  15. Brad Grier
    July 23rd, 2007

    Interesting read Andrew. Chris raised an interesting point, and we ventured into this on my blog. The question not answered though…does a Creative Commons license..ie content under CC, which is mine, on Flickr and made available through one of the apps, become property of Facebook?

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  18. Dean Whitbread
    July 24th, 2007

    Interesting. There are also issues about surveillance within Facebook – scarily outlined here http://documentally.blogspot.c.....ebook.html – and while I concur that many of the TOS are standard, it does not remove their aggressive attitude towards intellectual property.

    In the UK, now a large market for Facebook, were there ever to be a test case which tested (for example) a CC-licensed item vs. Facebook’s ownership, or the right of an individual to own and control their content vs. Facebook’s lawyers, now that would be interesting, since several of the TOS contradict various of our laws, including so far as I can see, the Human Rights Act.

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  27. Ruri @ business education
    August 15th, 2007

    Although if we are not talking about facebook, If you put your information such as your photo on net, then we should accept that our information have possible being stolen.

    I think facebook want to warn people that hacker is everywhere. It is difficult to have confidence 100%, the system we create save from hacker.

  28. Stephen Cronin
    September 6th, 2007

    As others point out, many websites will have terms and conditions like this – but I think you are doing the right thing by pointing it out. I know what I’m getting myself into when I sign up to something like this (and personally I have no problem with it), but most people don’t.

  29. Andrew Flusche
    September 6th, 2007

    Stephen – You’re right about both points: most sites have terms like this, but we should all know about them. Thanks for your comment!

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  32. Ministry Guy
    September 24th, 2007

    I wonder whether they even perceive full rights to all the content as an asset or whether they just needed to make the most lawsuit proof TOS they could, because frankly, despite their size, they don’t have free cash to waste in the court room.

  33. Bob
    September 26th, 2007

    I posted a few details on this over on my blog a few days back that supplement what you are suggesting about their privacy policy, etc.

    http://jobmatchbox.com/2007/09.....-facebook/

  34. Jack
    September 28th, 2007

    You gonna do the other big boys too? They all have their bad points. These are companies, myspace in particular, whose SOLE purpose is making money. They all have their issues.

  35. Andrew Flusche
    September 28th, 2007

    Jack – I might do a comparison of several social networks. I think it could be a revealing post.

    Thanks for your comment!

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  40. T. M.
    November 7th, 2007

    As with Myspace and Ning. If you add a photo, but later delete it, the jpg itself of the photo remains on Facebook’s web server (e.g. save the actual URL to the image, it will stay valid forever.)

    Lends a whole new meaning to “you don’t have control over your own content”. Granted, it’s no longer linked, but it’s still on their servers.

    Bastards.

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  44. Tim
    November 29th, 2007

    Although ownership of content you posted is lost what about content (e.g. a picture with you in it) that your friends have posted?

    If you didn’t give consent to your friend, then they do not have authority to transfer consent to facebook. Therefore, if facebook used this photo (photo of you posted by a friend) without your explicit consent then I think you could have a case.

    But as you said, everything is settled in arbitration and everything I’ve read about arbitration is that it favors the defendant. Especially in this case b/c facebook chooses the arbitrator which screams conflict of interest.

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  46. Andrew Flusche
    December 1st, 2007

    Tim,

    You made a great point here. Facebook can only acquire the rights that the transferor originally had. If your friend posts a photo you took, Facebook wouldn’t get your rights.

    But arbitration will probably still bite you in the butt. :)

    Thanks for commenting,
    Andrew

  47. C
    December 8th, 2007

    I wonder, what happens to your password when you give it to Facebook to find friends in your email address book…….. ?

  48. Andrew Flusche
    December 9th, 2007

    C,

    Allegedly, Facebook doesn’t save or otherwise store your password. Surely they wouldn’t store them. That would just be asking for legal trouble.

  49. No Win No Fee Solicitor
    January 8th, 2008

    Great article as usual Andrew.
    legalandrew.com is one of the best lawyer blog sites.

  50. Costa Del Sol SEO
    January 8th, 2008

    Great article, the facebook TOS though are nothing extraordinary surely when compared to those provided by any of the large online social networking sites.

    I run several social networking sites myself catering towards specific niche’s and the benefit from my point of view is the ability to syndicate users content to my own benefit.

    I guess though (as pointed out above) nobody reads the TOS carefully, and +kudos to you sir for doing so!

    Best regards

    http://www.turnkeyfacebookapps.com

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  55. John Morgan
    April 22nd, 2008

    I agree with some of the comments. If a photo is tagged your information will not be as private as you think it might be.

  56. Sonny
    August 7th, 2008

    I was wondering, I have a fan page for myself… I’m an artist living in Canada… anyway, I’ve been posting my work on the fan page with copyright water marks… so I was thinking that would make my images that much harder if facebook ever intended to use them. Do you think that would be the case? And if they did, could I turn around and claim a violation if they used the images or content that had clearly been labelled with my copyright?

  57. Andrew Flusche
    August 7th, 2008

    @Sonny – I wouldn’t count on your watermark doing much regarding Facebook. By uploading the images, you are giving them a license to those images, as I explain above. It doesn’t matter that you are clearly claiming the images as your own.

    However, their license would only be to the watermarked version of your image. So that means they couldn’t do anything the an un-watermarked version.

  58. Max
    August 12th, 2008

    Maybe next time I should read the fine print!

    I’ve read a lot about how facebook stores personal information even after you try to delete your account. This of coarse is speculation, but it introduces a number of alarming issues.

    Andrew, this is by far one of my favorite blogs to follow. Thanks for another great post! Oh and one more thing, your site inspired me to install link love. I think that it’s a great concept.


    Houston Lawyers

  59. Andrew Flusche
    August 12th, 2008

    @Max – Thanks for the kind comment. I appreciate it. :)

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  65. dimsum
    December 10th, 2008

    Thanks for the post… I just shared it on Facebook :-D

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  67. Monty Jones
    January 16th, 2009

    Great Article above, one thing that struck out at me though is that when posting on facebook you are basically giving up copyright.
    So what is there to stop somebody printing your content wether it be a picture or a bit of text for their own personal viewing?

  68. Andrew Flusche
    January 17th, 2009

    @Monty – You’re not giving up complete control over your content. You’re giving a license to Facebook for it to use your content. So a third party can’t just use it; they still don’t have rights to your content.

  69. Darren Laverty
    February 5th, 2009

    but if it’s only used for fun…………there should be no probs .

  70. Lauren
    February 6th, 2009

    @Max

    Facebook storing content isn’t just speculation. I have several friends who quit Facebook but later rejoined. One of them joined after jumping off for over two years. When he decided to get back on he didn’t have to rebuild his page. Facebook had saved all of his info, friends, photos and photos tagged of him. Convenient for him but definitely creepy

  71. Andrew Flusche
    February 6th, 2009

    @Lauren – I second that: creepy.

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  73. Steve
    February 17th, 2009

    Wow…All these people freaking out about the TOS for Facebook. About their privacy being compromised, and this that and the other. I am no way affiliated with Facebook except that I have a page on Facebook. Has anyone looked in to how little privacy you have when it comes to the government. Have you ever actually looked at the Patriot Act. They can wire tap your house without a warrant (can you say illegal search and seizure) and that includes cell phones. How about the fact they can watch every single website you visit? How about them reading an e-mail you send because some word you used causes your e-mail to be flagged? How about them tracking every library book you check out (to determine if you are a “terrorist”, what if I have an interest in learning about Islam, that may raise a flag with the government if I check out those type of books). The government is destroying our privacy and freedoms one by one and at some point we may not have any. So why doesn’t everyone just stop sending e-mail, using a phone, checking out library books, etc. Just throw your computer in the garbage. An speaking of losing privacy with the government, did anyone see that in the new “Stimulus Package” that when it becomes law, your medical records will now be tracked by the government and there is a new office that will be created and that person will oversee your health care to determine if your doctor is following what the government feels is in your best interest. If you didn’t know that was in there…that kind of sucks for you. Talk about changing the “Terms of Service” without notice to you, the government does it all the time!

  74. [...] For a legal perspective on the Facebook’s Privacy issues, especially regarding content, check out this article. [...]

  75. Privacy Please
    February 24th, 2009

    What about Facebook chat? Are those at least private between conversers? Or can they too be used for anything?

  76. Andrew Flusche
    March 1st, 2009

    @Privacy Please – You give Facebook a license to all of your Facebook content (including chats). I wouldn’t use chat for anything sensitive or confidential.

  77. Cat owner forum
    March 3rd, 2009

    Great info on facebook. I personally would never use any of these sites with sensitive info, they are hacked into all the time too. I know myspace has had major hackings over the last few years.

  78. Medo
    March 4th, 2009

    Well ,,, thats really interesting, especially the part which says: FACEBOOK IS AVAILABLE FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY , BUT WE WILL COPY YOUR PERSONAL INFO AND CONTENTS AND WE MAY USE THEM OR EVEN SELL THEM ! AND MOROVER WE WONT GUARANTEE YOUR PRIVACY!!!!!

    I think that facebook as a website which is available for “personal” use , should concentrate on meeting the basics of privacy at least in order to be available for personal use.

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  81. Robert Bravery
    April 22nd, 2009

    Thanks for the great article.

    One of the questions that I have been asked but cannot answer
    Are you allowed to embed facebook into your website via a iframe.
    My gut feel is that it is not allowed.

    Does any one else have an opinion or some fact about the topic.

  82. [...] that post he also points to Legal Andrew where Andrew Flusche has a go through of the TOS. During all this one of the WinExtra forums old time members (thanks Garry) posted [...]

  83. Auto Accident Lawyer
    May 17th, 2009

    It’s really crazy that I came across this article. Less than a week ago I saw a segment on the news that talked about this topic completely. They were saying one thing teenagers do not wanna see on Facebook is their parents profile!

  84. [...] Facebook Isn’t Private, and 7 Other Things You Should Know « Legal Andrew [...]

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  86. SEO Tips
    June 14th, 2009

    Andrew I want to put a request can please create an article on How to Delete Your Facebook account.

    There are lots of people who facing problem and they are not able to delete their account. I am one of them.

  87. [...] a lot of heat regarding what it does with it’s customer’s information. Andrew Flusche posted a rather eye-opening article regarding the subject some months ago, and for those off you who have never read the terms of [...]

  88. William Metzler
    July 19th, 2009

    I do not know when this article was published but the first section is incorrect as of July 19, 2009. In the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, section 12, it purely states that amendments may be placed only if there is a public notice and ability to comment towards the public notice.

    Other than that, I have no problem with the article.

  89. ent
    July 20th, 2009

    I am no way affiliated with Face book except that I have a page on Face book. Has anyone looked in to how little privacy you have when it comes to the government. Have you ever actually looked at the Patriot Act. They can wire tap your house without a warrant and that includes cell phones.

  90. crash
    August 14th, 2009

    need some help …but maybe wrong place to put it. But…the problem is… if my wife starts a thread regrding my boss (but never says his name) however other people chime in and say things never mentioning his name. One of the people I work with and was my wife’s friend decides to print it out and give it to my boss. Now I am in trouble with my boss. Question is does my wife have legal recourse and/or to make a complaint to facebook about it?

    Thanks

  91. [...] and clear non-exclusive rights to  . . . EVEN IF YOU CLOSE YOUR ACCOUNT. You can find more details here (pay special attention to item 4) and [...]

  92. Drea
    August 30th, 2009

    I have a question. I wrote a blog on facebook about work, and how tired i was of the drama and being overworked. there are 3 people on my facebook from work (well 2 now) and one of them showed my blog to my ex supervisor, and now this supervisor is attempting to get me into trouble over something that i wrote on my own personal blog, that she isnt supposed to have access to. This supervisor doesn’t even have a facebook. She wants to have a meeting with me about my facebook post with our HR department… i am not willing to participate in this, and i dont understand HOW or WHY the HR department is even taking her seriously?…i know facebook isnt protected by any privacy law, but what about freedom of speech ? this is crazy

  93. [...] important to remember that Facebook and their users share responsibility for data protection. An article by “Legal Andrew” nearly two years ago highlighted important points about Facebook usage and the points which he [...]

  94. Quadrant van leasing
    October 1st, 2009

    Why have a terms and conditions in the first place if you are signing up to something that can be changed at any time without asking your consent. Kind of makes their terms a joke.

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