Monday, February 16, 2009

Facebook: We can do anything we want with your information

[caption id="attachment_1369" align="alignright" width="250" caption="Facebook practices are shady"]Facebook is Shady[/caption]

Not that this sort of story comes as big news.  I've always had a good idea about how Facebook operates when it comes to what they do with your information, hence why my Facebook profile is basically an empty shell with almost nothing in it except for an out of date photo.  I only have a profile to begin with so that I can access my friends profiles and see what they're up to.

But Facebook recently made some changes to their ToS (Terms of Service).  I think people ought to be made aware of this as alot of people seem to just throw up anything about themselves that comes to mind.

Now what the rules used to be is if you decided at any point in time that you wanted to shutdown your profile, Facebook would automatically discard all the information about you... Well not anymore.  What's worse, is decide you shutdown your profile, Facebook can still take that information, and sub-license it to a third party.
You hereby grant Facebook an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to (a) use, copy, publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit, scan, reformat, modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, adapt, create derivative works and distribute (through multiple tiers), any User Content you (i) Post on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof subject only to your privacy settings or (ii) enable a user to Post, including by offering a Share Link on your website and (b) to use your name, likeness and image for any purpose, including commercial or advertising, each of (a) and (b) on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof.

You may remove your User Content from the Site at any time. If you choose to remove your User Content, the license granted above will automatically expire, however you acknowledge that the Company may retain archived copies of your User Content.

The following sections will survive any termination of your use of the Facebook Service: Prohibited Conduct, User Content, Your Privacy Practices, Gift Credits, Ownership; Proprietary Rights, Licenses, Submissions, User Disputes; Complaints, Indemnity, General Disclaimers, Limitation on Liability, Termination and Changes to the Facebook Service, Arbitration, Governing Law; Venue and Jurisdiction and Other.

Basically, any information you post online they keep forever, but you already knew that when you read their ToS before signing up right? ;)