Sorry Facebook, there are some things I won’t share

You may have seen a friendly offer from Facebook to ‘help subscribers find you by verifying your account.’

Click on the link to verify your account, and you’ll see a screen asking you to upload a photo of a government-issued, photo ID from your passport, driver’s license, work/military ID.

Don’t worry, the message continues, if you don’t have one of those, you can upload two of these alternate IDs:  a school or work ID card, library card, credit card (!!), birth certificate, Social security card.

These IDs must show my name, picture and birthday, be in colour… but here’s a key point:

“Have any sensitive information (ex. your credit card number of driver’s license number) blacked out or covered up”

I suppose I should be reassured by this message from Facebook:

Once we verify your account and name, we’ll permanently delete your documents.

Uh huh. Yeah.

I’m sorry Facebook, I love you. But I don’t trust you.

You’re that adorable puppy that is great to hold and cuddle, all warm and fuzzy, but my instincts tell me that when it comes to privacy and my personal documentation, you’re going leak all over the rug.

You have a bad history when it comes to privacy, and when you first announced Timeline folks went bananas about what was locked down and what wasn’t.

So you’ll forgive me if I don’t run to the scanner with my government-issued IDs, credit cards and upload them for you to discard them when done with them.

I’m not a famous movie star or songstress, and I’m pretty sure no one out there is going to create a second  ‘Melanie Coulson’ Facebook page, so I’m good going unverified.

My friends know who I am, without seeing my ID.


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