There’s been much ado today about Facebook’s updated Terms of Service, which basically state that Facebook completely owns the rights to everything you say, comment on, link to, post, tag, upload and share on their site.
It’s okay though, says Interweb Yoda, Chris Brogan. In fact, this data-ownership is just standard operating procedure when doing business with general web-based technologies, not an attempt to take over your online identity:
People of Earth: there is no need to panic. Facebook changed its terms of service recently... But what it suggests is that most folks don’t really know what they’ve signed on for when using a free service out on the web.
They own your content. No matter what you feel, if you’ve put it on their servers, it’s in their possession. The only way it’s ever otherwise is if the terms say so. Banks own your records. Your health insurance company owns your records. You own nothing…
What Facebook is saying, and they have to, is that they have to own your stuff, because if Facebook Connect and other services are going to make your data ubiquitous and shared and spread all around like peanut butter, then they have to have the rights to republish and distribute it…
In Facebook, you surrender your personal data (tons more than you think) every time you add an application to your page.... It’s not what you think. It’s either worse or a non-issue, depending on how you see things.
I agree and am sort of happy about this hubbub because I’m constantly fretting over folks’ uninhibited use of social networking sites.
I just wish I could make everyone understand that there is no privacy on the web – not really. Everything you put out there is really just that: OUT THERE for your mom, kiddos, exes, grandparents, reporters and future employers to see. And you already know how I feel about that.
Be careful out there! It’s all Google-able.
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