I used to not know anyone who actually read Facebook’s Terms of Service agreement, including me. But when Facebook recently changed their Terms, and caused a major backlash with it’s users, it got me curious as to what all the fuss was about. I’m not a lawyer, but after reading the TOS, it became pretty obvious that anything you upload to Facebook is now theirs and can be used by Facebook in any way they deem fit, forever, no matter what you do later on in life, even if you delete your account. To quote Facebook’s terms:
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.
And the “Termination” section near the end of the TOS:
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.
I’d like to thank the kick ass website Consumerist.com for educating me on how stupid I was to agree to something like this. I’m not blaming anyone but myself, as I should have read the TOS before I agreed to join Facebook. Lesson learned! I don’t know about you, but I am not going to invest anymore time or energy on Facebook. I doubt that I will delete my account though, my thinking that the cat is already out of the bag; they already have my information – forever – even if I delete it so that seems futile. (I may be incorrect – I’m not a lawyer and not educated in law jargon) For people that want to see what goes on in my life, stay tuned to nickcernak.com
Peace & Light