With Facebook search, users may lose their sense of obscurity

"A lot of this stuff that was previously unlikely to be seen outside of a small group of people will now easily be found through search on Facebook," said Woodrow Hartzog, assistant law professor at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala.


University of Washington law professor Ryan Calo told me in December that "preserving obscurity is the best way to protect privacy. This is an example of a company taking obscurity away. "It feels almost as though Facebook is trying to acclimate users -- even recalcitrant ones -- to a world of personal transparency."