Saturday, May 21, 2011

Facebook Policy When ....

When you go ahead , and harmlessly like a page, many things happen. you let the page access your login id, your location , yr place , your hobby and list of all your friends. Let see when I tried to create one page for my blog:
The terms and conditions of facebook are mentioned here :
(The text in italics is copied from above link as on 5/20/2011 2:36 PM).
Let me post them here:

1. Any user may create a Page; however, only an authorized representative of the subject matter may administer the Page. Pages with names consisting solely of generic or descriptive terms will have their administrative rights removed. 
So if you wake up one morning and make a page on Sun, you might just have to bring in Sun certificaion , not the java ... oops , i mean Oracle one. 
2. Content posted to Pages is public information and is available to everyone.  
It means if you have a private page set up, its perfectly legal for hackers to break it.

3. If you collect information from users, you will obtain their consent, make it clear you (and not Facebook) are the one collecting their information, and post a privacy policy explaining what information you collect and how you will use it.
Does it tell me I can COLLECT your information , and it will be mentioned in TERMS which none of us read. So If I make a page today, and all my friends join it, I might or legally be able to use all the data I need. So next time while you like a quote or a page, do remember ... you are liking the page to extent you let it access your data
4. You must not build or incorporate any functionality that identifies which users visit your Page.
It means there is still a tracking system which can be harnessed to our use. We might not have accesss but the page u 'Like" owners will know you were there.
5. Applications on your Page must comply with the Facebook Platform Policies
Which are followed always only in Realistic ideal world
6. You take full responsibility for any sweepstakes, contest, competition or similar offering on your Page and must comply with our Promotions Guidelines.
And failing will lead to your page deletion, and still the culprit has all the info he needed
7. Third party advertisements on Pages are prohibited. Ads or commercial content on Pages must comply with our Advertising Guidelines.
And still we see 1000 ads on each page
8. You will restrict access to your Page as necessary to comply with all applicable laws and Facebook terms and policies.
9. You may not establish terms beyond those set forth in these terms to govern the posting of content by users on a Page.
10. Page names must:
a. not consist solely of a generic or descriptive term (e.g. “beer” or “pizza”);
b. use proper, grammatically correct capitalization and may not include excessive capitalization or use all capitals;
And IS THAT TRUE as of today ? 
c. not include character symbols, including but not limited to excessive punctuation and trademark designations; and
HARDLY anyone use it ... 
d. not include taglines, superfluous descriptions, or unnecessary qualifiers. Campaign names and/or regional or demographic qualifiers are acceptable.

The terms are over you, the decision is on u. NExt time you like a FB page, do give it a thought .

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