"By using Facebook, you are consenting to have your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States ... We may be required to disclose user information pursuant to lawful requests, such as subpoenas or court orders, or in compliance with applicable laws. We do not reveal information until we have a good faith belief that an information request by law enforcement or private litigants meets applicable legal standards. Additionally, we may share account or other information when we believe it is necessary to comply with law, to protect our interests or property, to prevent fraud or other illegal activity perpetrated through the Facebook service or using the Facebook name, or to prevent imminent bodily harm. This may include sharing information with other companies, lawyers, agents or government agencies."
From the Facebook terms of service. It should be noted that I have a facebook account and probably have the impressive feat of having one since last year, rather than just signing up recently. I have already stated my disdain for social networking sites and I indeed did say that I would be deleting my presence from them, but I have decided to change that - I am delting my Myspace and my Facebook, and keeping Bebo, because even my Sister uses it to contact me.
But this is where I found out one of the maddest things about Facebook. You can't delete your profile. Once you have made it, it stays active. For some reason, I seem to have added friends and had "Apps" added to my page without me even knowning what they are and mean. Facebook is horrendeous to use, which is saying something as I can put up with even the most obtusesly built websites, and I still have not been able to find out how to add friends. Also, it is so boring too, as it does nothing that Myspace or Bebo don't already do. "Connecting" with mates that I am already "connected" with on other sites makes no sense. I also like the idea that Bebo is British, meaning it goes uner rule of the English law, something I can understand and with which I have a good idea over copyright and identity theft legislation.
So basically, I am worried about us putting our itimate details onto sites. I have came up with an idea for a movie.
A man has a revelation. He sees Big Brother from 1984 as the worst kind of thing, and then realises that we are putting our selves in that position anyway with everything we do being tracked. What we buy, what we say, who we know, what we are interested in, who we love, who we hate, our personal opinions, and even what we look at and plan to go on holiday, what we do each night, what we watch, who we listen to; all of this is stored somewhere. Imagine if the government got access to this massive database of everything we did. (This is where it gets cool). They have this database to determine who to save - the intelluctual minds and those who will obey rule - this is because the world is ending. Our hero has to stop the government from using the information to orchastrate a mass genocide and try to find out the source of who fed information to the world about the end of all things.
Sound good? Well, I am one step away from phoning Gordon Brown...