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Should Your Facebook Profile Have A Disclaimer Like This One?

Social networking is becoming an integral part of a large majority of people these days. It’s used for staying abreast with friends and sharing news with like minded Christians in the wider world as well as stimulating debate and discussion. Others add that Social networks like Facebook are a hub for encouragement, seeking advice and building up meaningful relationships with the little seen or heard persecuted world. So the question is if I support or ‘like’ a Christian or secular organisation fighting for religious or civil freedom in china or even fighting for the swimming rights of emperor penguins in Alaska. Should this status make me be weary of being apprehended? Is it an act of implicit consent that by signing up to Facebook, you have surrendered all privacy and all contents featured on your profile accessible or not can be snooped, lifted and held against you (smileys and all)?

A cautious young man added this disclaimer to his Facebook profile recently. Though at this juncture it seems to pass for innocent sarcasm, I wonder will disclaimers like this be a necessary precaution  in the latter part of this century?

PRIVACY NOTICE:

WARNING TO ANY EMPLOYER: You are hereby notified that you are strictly prohibited from disclosing, copying, distributing, disseminating, or taking any other action against me with regard to this profile and the contents herein. You do NOT have my permission to utilize any of my profile information nor any of the content contained herein including, but not limited to my photos, and/ or the comments made about my photo’s or any other “picture” art posted on my profile.The foregoing prohibitions also apply to your employee(s), agent(s), student(s) or any personnel under your direction or control. The contents of this profile are private and legally privileged and confidential information, and the violation of my personal privacy is punishable by law.

WARNING – Any person and/or institution and/or Agent and/or Agency of any governmental structure including but not limited to the Federal Government also using or monitoring/using this website or any of its associated websites, you do NOT have my permission to utilize any of my profile information nor any of the content contained herein including, but not limited to my photos, and/ or the comments made about my photo’s or any other “picture” art posted on my profile. You are hereby notified that you are strictly prohibited from disclosing, copying, distributing, disseminating, or taking any other action against me with regard to this profile and the contents herein. The foregoing prohibitions also apply to your employee(s), agent(s), student(s) or any personnel under your direction or control. The contents of this profile are private and legally privileged and confidential information, and the violation of my personal privacy is punishable by law.

Veiwing my profile means that you have read, understand, and agree with the privacy notice above.

There was one Facebook user who was fired from her work place when her employer signed her off sick and later dismissed her after reading her status update later that day. Her mood after the debacle was summarized in one fatalistic phrase, “Facebook is dead for me.”

So, should we all then have disclaimers?

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