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“In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, comics, paintings, professional and amateur photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berner convention)….”


If you have a Facebook and have been on anytime in the past week, you’ve probably come across many derivatives of this message (or perhaps you were the one posting) claiming that since Facebook is publicly-traded entity, it has a “new” privacy policy that allows them access to your data, and that if you post a status like this, whoop-di-doo, you’ll magically be exempt from these new guidelines. Don’t fall for it, because not an inch of it is true.

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Can more invasive social contact by others indicate shrinking boundaries around privacy?

Can more invasive social contact by others indicate shrinking boundaries around our privacy?

It’s nearly 10 p.m., and you’re at home, brushing your teeth. Your iPhone starts screaming. You snap to attention, no thanks to that inherent anxiety that accompanies living as a young single woman in an urban environment. You grudgingly answer the phone, hoping to be greeted by an automated pharmacy reminder’s monotone, and not a friend needing a ride at this time of night. Instead, it’s some dude asking if you’ve heard about Prop Something for the third time and if you have a few minutes to talk. You grit your teeth and try muster up some manners.

Sound like last night? Join the club.
As you all know elections are today, November 6th. While we’re excited to be casting our ballots, we believe we can speak for nearly all in lamenting over the amount of recent “encouragement” we’ve received to cast those votes. Just this week alone, we’ve received half a dozen calls from local campaigns encouraging either a vote for a particular candidate, or a yea or nay on a particular measure (We’re looking at you, “Yes on Prop 32″-ers.) It’s a given that building support through direct contact methods like telephone calls is far from new, but we’d like to make a case for some boundaries around the use of those methods. Call us old-fashioned, but we fondly regard that old (and apparently outdated) custom of refraining from calling a lady after dark.

Last week Governor Jerry Brown announced that he signed two bills that make it illegal for universities and employers to demand your passwords to social media and email accounts. The announcement, which the Governor made through his Facebook page, brings privacy laws into the 21st century. No longer can your university, your employer, or a potential employer ask you for access to your personal accounts. Those embarrassing pictures set to private are a little safer. read more »


Do you remember that one exceedingly inappropriate picture you thought you deleted? Facebook certainly does. It turns out that pictures deleted from any of the website’s online albums can remain in storage on their servers for up to sixteen months, or what Facebook calls “a reasonable period.” Ha.

The clearly unreasonable removal period stems from the fact that when you choose to “delete” a photo from your account, Facebook only immediately removes all of the links to that photo, and not the photo itself. read more »

Just as you may have been getting over the fact that University Health Services may have kind of accidentally given away your social security number a bit ago, you’ll be pleased to learn that those privacy policies on websites that you haven’t actually been bothering to read all these years might be keeping your data a little less private than you imagined, according to a UC Berkeley study. read more »


2378780412_09447641afWe put a lot of trust in Facebook. It knows more about us than most of our parents do: our favorite bands, what we said to our best friend last week, what parties we’re planning to attend and can even show us pictures of how many vodka shots we had over winter break. All of this information is now in the Facebook database to do with as they please, forever.

Facebook recently changed its Terms of Sevice and kinda forgot to tell us ‘book-users, not that you read the original TOS before you hit “create account,” anyway. Basically, this is what you willingly (or unknowingly) agree to:

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… Post on or in connection with the Facebook Service. read more »