Friday, July 19, 2013

".com"s cannot save you from your stupidity.

Whenever I see messages like

"**PRIVACY NOTICE:Warning--any person and/or institution and/or Agent and/or Agency of any governmental or corporate structure including but not limited to the United States Federal Government also using or monitoring/using this website or any of its associated websites, you do NOT have permission to utilize any profile information nor any of the content contained herein including, but not limited to wall comments, notes, blogs or photos, and/ or the comments made about 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."

I have to wonder: 'the fuck's wrong with people?

Whenever social media sites make an update to their privacy policy or it becomes public knowledge that people's information is being shared/used by 3rd party entities without their permission, everyone goes up in arms with all these "I refuse to be violated" messages all over their social media walls and "about" sections. It's cute to exercise what one believes is control over their destiny and all, but nobody bound you, gagged you, and forced you to sign up for Tumblr or Pixlr. These are private businesses that can do whatever they want and share/sell your information to whomever they want. These social media networks are not public social service non-profit organizations. They never said they would protect you from yourself. In fact, they only promised to give you something to waste time doing that would, in turn, make them lots and lots of money. 

You can pretty much rest assured that if a website ends in ".com", it's a business. Nothing personal. As far as the government's access is concerned...well, that has nothing to do with you. Good try though. 


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