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Facebook Security Concerns

Posted by Rob Paveza

I logged into Facebook today and I saw a new person under "People You May Know."  This person is someone I know from refereeing hockey here in Arizona.  It turns out that I only have one person on my friends list who I know happens to be an ice hockey referee, someone I know from not only refereeing but also playing hockey, more than 10 years ago.  When I clicked on Jeff's profile (the new person Facebook suggested), I saw he only had two friends - his is a very new profile!

Jeff and I haven't ever emailed back and forth directly.  I've sent a couple email blasts, and he probably has as well.  But that's the extent of it.

My best conclusion is that Jeff allowed the Facebook friend-finder application to have access to his email.  Because I'm on the same refereeing email distribution list as Jeff, I can only assume that Facebook has looked at his email and decided to inform me that I might know Jeff.

I do appreciate the flexibility of Facebook's find-a-friend tool.  But for it to be telling me that Jeff might be my friend based on data he provided seems to be a mild form of information leaking.

I'm only hoping that he provided his information to the Facebook friend finder tool.  I never did.  And if he didn't, well, now I'm concerned that Google and Facebook have been sharing that kind of information anyway...