Monday, 27 September 2010

Facebook - Statement of Right and Responsibilities - Registration and Account Security - 4.1- 4.10

So I continue the journey in trying to fully understand what I signed up for and what I have signed away in having a facebook account.  Important to try and get a grasp of all the rules but I can tell you now, they seem to be never ending.  Here are all those listed under point 4 - Registration and Account Security 4.1 - 4.10

This agreement was written in English (US).  Please note that Section 16 contains certain changes to the general terms for users outside the United States.
Date of Last Revision: August 25, 2010.
Statement of Rights and Responsibilities

This Statement of Rights and Responsibilities ("Statement") derives from the Facebook Principles, and governs our relationship with users and others who interact with Facebook. By using or accessing Facebook, you agree to this Statement.

4. Registration and Account Security
Facebook users provide their real names and information, and we need your help to keep it that way. Here are some commitments you make to us relating to registering and maintaining the security of your account:

1. You will not provide any false personal information on Facebook, or create an account for anyone other than yourself without permission.

This seems quite simple and practical but how on earth can this be monitored????  

2. You will not create more than one personal profile.

Okay, again seems simple but how is this monitored???  Does this mean that you can create more than one profile as long as they are not 'personal' - what is the definition of 'personal'?  What are the consequences if you do make more than one profile?  mmmmmmmmm

3. If we disable your account, you will not create another one without our permission.

Disable account - why?  Under what circumstances is this done?  Do you get any warning, any right of appeal?  Does disable account mean it is deleted or just can not access?  How would they know if another was created?  How do you seek permission - is there an official form somewhere around?

4.You will not use your personal profile for your own commercial gain (such as selling your status update to an advertiser).

Laughter erupts.  Has facebook looked at how many profiles are now set up for business.  Important for all to remember can have a 'personal profile' and this must not be for business gain.....If you wish to promote products and services then you MUST create a business page or group that you are the administrator of.  Folks whilst I am laughing I am also concerned about many of my friends on facebook who have created profiles that are purely for business purposes..............If you are reported, if facebook finds you, they can disable your account immediately and I am serious.  I saw this happen to another user 2 years ago and they lost all of their marketing, customer base etc as they did not realise the 'personal profile' could not act as a representation of their business.  

I do think that it is near impossible for facebook to keep up with all the profiles created - 'personal' or 'business' but do not take a chance with this.

5. You will not use Facebook if you are under 13.

Well I did not know this............I wonder how they came up with the age of 13?  How can this be monitored?  I guess as with most I am finding in reading all the rules, many are written to cover facebook's butt, so they have no responsibility.

6. You will not use Facebook if you are a convicted sex offender.

Fair call but again monitoring this near impossible.  I would like to think that not only convicted sex offenders were singled out - I do not want those convicted of fraud, con artists and the list goes on allowed on facebook - again keeping in mind monitoring this really is impossible.

7. You will keep your contact information accurate and up-to-date.

Make sense I guess if you want people to contact you in any way other than via facebook itself.  Monitoring this again a nightmare and impossible.

8. You will not share your password, (or in the case of developers, your secret key), let anyone else access your account, or do anything else that might jeopardize the security of your account.

This really is for your own well being.  If you allow anyone else to use your account and they cause any form of harm be it on your own head - you will deserve any consequences that come.....

9. You will not transfer your account (including any page or application you administer) to anyone without first getting our written permission.

What careful all.  I think I am safe as I have not transfered a page but I do share administration with a few on pages set up.  Thinking I will get their written permission to be joint admins just to cover my own backside.  I wonder what 'written permission' involves though - can it be via email or facebook message?????

10. If you select a username for your account we reserve the right to remove or reclaim it if we believe appropriate (such as when a trademark owner complains about a username that does not closely relate to a user's actual name).

Huh, I thought the user name had to be your name at least for the so called 'personal profile'.  Does this mean that you can pick any user name, make one up and that is okay as long as it does not contravene 'trademarks and the like....mmmmm has me questioning a great deal that I have already read in the rules....confusing to say the least.

Well I hope you enjoyed learning that little bit more about what you signed up for.  I for one am off to try and digest and make sense of all of the above.

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