So the most interesting thing happened this morning and I wanted to share it with you. I was going through my RSS feed as I do every morning and this article jumped straight out at me which I think you should read also: Police captures sex offender after his girlfriend ‘likes’ their department on Facebook
As I read through this article I thought to myself: this is a prime example of how Facebook and our privacy go hand in hand. Not only did they capture this guy (thank God) but its the method by which they went ahead to finding his location. They used her the geographic stamp left by her ‘like” in order to accurately pinpoint her location. I am happy that this guy is now off the street and his girlfriend, who was harboring this fugitive, will face charges for her actions. But it makes it so much scarier knowing just how they accomplished such a feat. Geographic stamp? Did we know that every page we “like” or maybe even every status we “like” gets a geographic stamp?? Was that one of those tiny lines in the ten pages of Facebook privacy notice? Whereas this system can be considered beneficial to us, it leaves the mind to wonder just how this can be used if it lands in the hands of the wrong person. It also shows just how careful we have to be with everything we post on social media sites such as Facebook. This almost feels as if every status, every “like” is like a letter we send out with a pretty 60 cent stamp and a rubber stamp of the sending location. Scary but true.