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The UCC Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means.

Lately, I’ve seen a resurgence of law speak via Facebook. It typically looks something like this:

This is so bad for so many reasons.

Let’s talk real. The Rome Statute is a treaty that established the International Criminal Court, which has been primarily responsible for the prosecution of war crimes. The Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) is not codified law.  Rather, it is a recommendation of laws that should be adopted in the states. The UCC covers the sale of goods. If you want to look up the subsection of the UCC that’s referenced …it doesn’t even exist.

Neither the Rome Treaty nor the Uniform Commercial Code apply to privacy. At all.

By continuing to use Facebook, you agree to abide by Facebook’s Terms of Use. That little box labeled “I Agree” that you clicked when first opening your account? That’s what that means. You gave Facebook permission to capitalize off your posts and images when you agreed to abide by its Terms of Use. If you’d like to negotiate that, shoot Facebook an email, and they will promptly delete your account for you. That’s the only thing that will happen. No post on your wall is going to withdraw your consent, especially when you re-consent by continuing to use their service.

Also, Facebook is now publicly traded. Not a “public entity.”

Bottom line: the only way to prohibit Facebook from using your content for the purposes it set out in its Terms is to not post it. And if you still have an issue with privacy, get off of Facebook and actuallybe private.

Does anyone else see the irony in complaining about privacy via social media?</>

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  1. Navia wrote:

    I find it funny that people complain about privacy but those are the same people putting everything on Facebook (where they are going, pictures of their children, where they are eating and so on). Personally, I only get on there once about every two weeks because I can not take the stupid post some people put on there.

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  2. Thank you! I saw those posts popping up on Facebook last night and I was getting SO annoyed. People are such lemmings!

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  3. Heather wrote:

    I definitely see the irony. I also got off Facebook about 3 years ago because I didn't want them to use my data/information/internet presence for money. Nothing comes for free…you want to use their free platform, they're going to use all the data you give them to make money.

    I did a legal issues with social media presentation recently and started with the story of the lady that posted that her whole family was going to Vegas and would be gone until X day. One of her facebook "friends" went ahead and took that opportunity to rob her. Don't be so stupid, people!

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  4. This has been SO FRICKEN ANNOYING. I work at a law office and I wanted to smack every person who posted this as a status the past week. UGH. People these days.

    Beardy Heart Beauty

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  5. Thank you, counselor.

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  6. sarah wrote:

    I love this so very much. THANK YOU.

    Sarah @ http://www.sarahsayhello.com

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  7. Kelly B. wrote:

    the legal-geek in me is totally fascinated about how and/or whether social media will start to affect the 4th amendment reasonable expectation of privacy.

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  8. Kalyn P wrote:

    Haha I love this – I can't help but laugh at all those statuses I see. I rarely use Facebook anymore because of ignorance like this.

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  9. Steph G wrote:

    It makes me laugh every time I see that from people I know on FB. If you want your life to stay private, than stop oversharing your emotions on the inter webs. duh.

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  10. shannon wrote:

    thank you so, so much for this.
    i've punished those that have done this my shaking my head and giggling at their nonsense.

    Published 1.19.15
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