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That Facebook Legal Notice E-Mail Is the Real Deal
That Facebook Legal Notice E-Mail Is the Real Deal

By Sue Robbins
January 27, 2013 10:54AM

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We have included below the full text of the e-mail Facebook sent to potential claimants to help those who received the e-mail determine if it's legitimate and also for those who may have deleted it, thinking it was part of a scam. If you received this Facebook e-mail, do you plan to file a claim hoping to get your $10? Or, will you just opt to do nothing?
 



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In addition to monetary relief, Facebook will (a) revise its terms of service (known as the "Statement of Rights and Responsibilities" or "SRR") to more fully explain the instances in which users agree to the display of their names and profile pictures in connection with Sponsored Stories; (b) create an easily accessible mechanism that enables users to view, on a going-forward basis, the subset of their interactions and other content on Facebook that have been displayed in Sponsored Stories (if any); (c) develop settings that will allow users to prevent particular items or categories of content or information related to them from being displayed in future Sponsored Stories; (d) revise its SRR to confirm that minors represent that their parent or legal guardian consents to the use of the minor's name and profile picture in connection with commercial, sponsored, or related content; (e) provide parents and legal guardians with additional information about how advertising works on Facebook in its Family Safety Center and provide parents and legal guardians with additional tools to control whether their children's names and profile pictures are displayed in connection with Sponsored Stories; and (f) add a control in minor users' profiles that enables each minor user to indicate that his or her parents are not Facebook users and, where a minor user indicates that his or her parents are not on Facebook, Facebook will make the minor ineligible to appear in Sponsored Stories until he or she reaches the age of 18, until the minor changes his or her setting to indicate that his or her parents are on Facebook, or until a confirmed parental relationship with the minor user is established.

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Posted: 2013-01-28 @ 11:02am PT
@Bob in Westfield: This is the text from the real email from Facebook and we have independently confirmed with Facebook that it is legitimate.

n:

Posted: 2013-01-28 @ 6:47am PT
i am filing

Bob,Westfield Massachuset:

Posted: 2013-01-28 @ 5:14am PT
Is this some kind of Scam or the Real Email from Facebook?

Pete W:

Posted: 2013-01-27 @ 11:30am PT
I'm tempted to EXCLUDE myself from the class action and file my own action. My face was one of the ones used without permission and it just wasn't right.

Rochelle P.:

Posted: 2013-01-27 @ 11:27am PT
I agree with 2-Cent Sally: Facebook needs to be held accountable for this and other lax privacy policies that take advantage of our information and use it in ways we don't like. Will I submit a claim form? YES, absolutely and I think EVERYONE should. It's not about getting our $10... it's about sending a message to Facebook!!!!

2-Cent Sally:

Posted: 2013-01-27 @ 11:24am PT
I'm in the 'do nothing' category. I just don't think it's worth my time. BUT... I'm happy to see Facebook being slapped with a major penalty for using people's head shots without their permission. It's not only unfair to the people's whose pictures were used for advertising, it's unfair to their friends who saw the ads thinking their friends were intentionally endorsing products, when all they did was hit a Like button. Yes, if you Like something you Like it... that doesn't necessarily mean you want your face plastered all over your friends' pages as an AD for that company or service. I think was a very deceptive practice and Facebook needs to be held accountable.

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