New Facebook Tool, Te'o Scandal Fan Flames of Privacy Debate

"It's fair to question the common narrative that because [Graph] Search respects privacy settings, then there aren't privacy issues,"said Woodrow Hartzog, a law professor and affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet and Society.

Hence why Facebook's new search tool comes with both risks and rewards. The more refined search capabilities of Graph could "substantially increases the probability that some [users] will actually see aw hole trail of information that you thought was tucked away in some dark corner of Facebook," according to Hartzog.