When I tried to log in to my Facebook account today, I was greeted with the following demands to release personally identifiable information, in order to gain access to my pre-existing account.
To make sure that this is your account, we need you to send us a photo or scanned copy of an item in group one from this list of IDs.
Some of the items that you can use are:
National ID card
When you submit a copy of your ID, we’ll keep it for more than 30 days, but no more than 1 year, unless you opt out. This helps us improve our automated systems for detecting fake IDs and related abuse. Your ID will not be visible on Facebook. Learn More.
When you click on the button that says you don’t have any of these documents, you see the following:
If you don’t have an ID from group one, you can upload two different IDs from group two instead. Some common items from group two that can be used to confirm your identity include:
Utility bill and a membership ID
Company or school ID and a transit card
Keep in mind that anything you directly upload here is encrypted and stored securely. Once we resolve your issue, we’ll delete the copy of your ID within 30 days.
As irony would have it, we are only hours away from entry into force of California’s new privacy law.
Facebook is either trying to force from users the last bit of privacy information it can before the law takes effect, or shooting its big middle finger at its users and the California regulators.
In either case, users should unite in filing a class action lawsuit against Facebook, and proceed to collect damages, including punitive damages for willful defiance of the law, and seek even stronger legislative controls over what is clearly an out-of-control internet company.
The Trenchant Observer