Who Can Share Your Facebook Photos?

Jan 07, 2014

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Months ago, 16-year old  Retaeh Parsons passed away. Last September, her picture appeared in a Facebook advertisement for a Canadian dating site.

The website, known as Ionechat.com, was  created as a digital art project by Paolo Cirio and Alessandro Ludovico. The two designed the project as a social experiment to highlight the effects of posting private and public information on the Internet.

Ludovico and Cirio admitted that it was easy to obtain the information and images. They configured a program that collected all public information on 1 million Canadian users available on Facebook.

Retaeh Parsons isn’t the only case like this. There are several examples and opportunities for pictures and information to be used on social networks and websites other than the ones for which they were intended.

When opening a Facebook account, you have the option to make your account private or public. If a user chooses to make their profile public, they essentially agree to give Facebook the right to use their image(s).

Facebook’s policy cleary states “…for content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP license).” Source.

If your picture is used without permission, you can click on the “report” link and ask for the issue to be fixed. By changing profile settings to “private,” users will avoid unnecessary trouble and can protect their identity and those of their loved-ones.

NetNanny.com provides more information and resources for monitoring profiles and for protecting identity. Please visit www.netnanny.com/blog.