Sorry, those Facebook privacy notices you're posting on your wall are useless

Can you tell the cops to keep their mitts off your Facebook page? Is Facebook really asking you to vote on its new privacy policy? Read on for the answers.

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As I write this, the vote stands 28,084 for the new language, 130,998 against. So it doesn’t look like this one is going to be a nail biter – or, really, count for anything at all.

Meanwhile, the Euro v FB folks have created their own site, called Our-Policy, in which they lay out the changes they’d like to see made to Facebook’s Don’t-Call-It-A-Privacy-Policy. Among those are things like:

* A site-wide opt-in for sharing, instead of the current opt-out.

* Full access to all data Facebook stores about its users, delivered within 40 days upon request.

* Clear explanations of what Facebook does with its data and its cookies.

* Limits on the use of data for delivering ads.

* Easier ways to delete all or some of our Facebook data.

Admirable goals, all of them. But the odds of Facebook ever adopting them, let alone putting them to a vote? About as likely as a cop obeying the “Keep Out” sign on your door when he’s got a warrant in his back pocket.

Got a question about social media? TY4NS blogger Dan Tynan may have the answer (and if not, he’ll make something up). Visit his snarky, occasionally NSFW blog eSarcasm or follow him on Twitter: @tynanwrites. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-to’s, follow ITworld on Twitter and Facebook.

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