You’ve probably now heard of Ashley Madison, a dating website set up explicitly for married people looking to have affairs. Indeed, Wired noted that a user created an account with an email address appearing to belong to former UK prime minister Tony Blair. ALM advised that to access its systems remotely via VPN, a user would need: a username, a password, a ‘shared secret’ (a common passphrase used by all VPN users to access a particular network segment), the VPN group name, and the IP address of ALM’s VPN server. Although PIPEDA does not have a general requirement to disclose details about information security to users in order to obtain valid consent, it does require that individuals ?be able to understand the nature, purpose and consequences of the collection, use or disclosure of the personal information to which they are consenting.

Of course, his wife and kids are suffering and that is not worthy of celebration, but Duggar’s comeuppance totally is. But let’s not forget that millions of Americans are currently being exposed due to the Ashley Madison data dump, and someone was brave enough to comb through the data to find out which states spent the most on AM accounts. That thread also demonstrates that whilst this is never something that should be used against someone seeking employment, the reality is that it will become helpful resources one more data attribute in the increasingly rich profiles that are built up about individuals.

I don’t have a strict answer to that question, but am convinced we have to factor in emotional affairs and those who might be susceptible to them, and even emotional longing—when we talk about the appeal of sites like Ashley Madison, or even Tinder Physical contact is one form of intimacy, but it’s not the only one; just because someone is on one of these sites doesn’t mean they plan to be unfaithful, at least in the ways we traditionally consider faithfulness.

Specifically, the purpose for which the email addresses are being used is to contact users, not non-users, on a highly personal, sensitive and discreet matter (that is, communications to facilitate discreet affairs). He added that he thinks Ashley Madison is the most «honest online dating service out there,» because members have to be upfront from the start to get the most out of it. In July 2015, scammers calling themselves the «Impact Team» stole around 60 gigabytes of personal information from the website, which bills itself as a matchmaking service for married or committed individuals who want to have an affair.

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