As a user of Facebook, you should have received an email about updates to the Data Use Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. No one ever wants to read these policies… But, in this day and age, it is pretty important to understand a little of what it says. Let’s take a look at some of the policies of the Data Use Policy. This is very important to YOU and YOUR FAMILY. I have copied some of the important parts of this policy for you to review. Everyone should take the time to read the complete policy. As you know, based on public articles, Facebook is one of the tech companies that is currently providing user data to the NSA. Does it matter? Let’s take a look at what they are collecting about you…
From the Data Use Policy… (actual text in italics)
Information we receive about you
- Your information – Your information is the information that’s required when you sign up for the site, as well as the information you choose to share.
- Registration information – When you sign up for Facebook, you are required to provide information such as your name, email address, birthday, and gender. In some cases, you may be able to register using other information, like your telephone number.
Information you choose to share – Your information also includes the information you choose to share on Facebook, such as when you post a status update, upload a photo, or comment on a friend’s story. Your name, profile pictures, cover photos, gender, networks, username and User ID are treated just like information you choose to make public.
Information others share about you – We receive information about you from your friends and others, such as when they upload your contact information, post a photo of you, tag you in a photo or status update, or at a location, or add you to a group. When people use Facebook, they may store and share information about you and others that they have, such as when they upload and manage their invites and contacts.
Other information we receive about you
- When you post things like photos or videos on Facebook, we may receive additional related data (or metadata), such as the time, date, and place you took the photo or video.
- We receive data from the computer, mobile phone or other device you use to access Facebook, including when multiple users log in from the same device. This may include your IP address and other information about things like your internet service, location, the type (including identifiers) of browser you use, or the pages you visit. For example, we may get your GPS or other location information so we can tell you if any of your friends are nearby.
- When we get your GPS location, we put it together with other location information we have about you (like your current city).
- We only provide data to our advertising partners or customers after we have removed your name or any other personally identifying information from it, or have combined it with other people’s data in a way that it is no longer associated with you.
Public information (When we use the phrase “public information” (which we sometimes refer to as “Everyone information”), we mean the information you choose to make public, as well as information that is always publicly available.)
Choosing to make your information public also means that this information:
- can be associated with you (i.e., your name, profile pictures, cover photos, timeline, User ID, username, etc.) even off Facebook;
- can show up when someone does a search on Facebook or on a public search engine;
- will be accessible to anyone who uses our APIs such as our Graph API.
NOW, HERE IS A KEY…
How we use the information we receive – We use the information we receive about you in connection with the services and features we provide to you and other users like your friends, our partners, the advertisers that purchase ads on the site, and the developers that build the games, applications, and websites you use.
- to protect Facebook’s or others’ rights or property;
- to provide you with location features and services, like telling you and your friends when something is going on nearby;
- received your permission;
- given you notice, such as by telling you about it in this policy; or
- removed your name or any other personally identifying information from it.