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• Facebook obtains an unlimited license in the intellectual property rights regarding the content on our Facebook accounts;
• You grant Facebook permission to exchange your content with inter alia WhatsApp and Instagram. Also data of non-Facebook users who use websites and/or apps which are linked to Facebook will be collected. Based on this information and data Facebook can create extensive profiles of their users: what do they like, their contacts, GPS-locations, what kind of devices do they use et cetera.
• You grant Facebook permission to use and share your name, profile picture, content and information (such as likes) with commercial third parties without providing any form of compensation. This will lead to the possibility of finding yourself or one of your friends in advertising on your time-line. As long as you do not grant permission to use your private data advertisers only receive anonymous data;
• Friends can provide access to your data through apps and their account. The fact you change your privacy settings does not mean your friends will do the same. Facebook can still collect data that concerns you (likes, tags, reactions) through your friends’its accounts according to their privacy settings.
The conditions with regard to the use of data for advertising purposes will apply to every European Facebook user, except the ones in Germany. German users can chose the option not to agree with the use of their data by Facebook. Why are the Germans able to protect their privacy on Facebook and we don’t?
The Appeal Court of Berlin decided that the processing of (personal) data by Facebook takes place in the United States and not in Ireland (as stated by Facebook during the proceedings). Therefore it considers the European legislation not applicable and Germany is able to apply stricter privacy rules. Under German law it is permitted to process and/or use (personal)data based on the mere fact the service is being used.
Remove or move?
In case you want to keep using Facebook, but also want to protect your privacy as much as possible the best advice we can give you is to modify your privacy settings where possible and be more careful with the information and content you post and share online. Nothing new, right?