The ever-unfolding Ashley Madison story is very interesting.
For a number of reasons.
First of all, I need to say that I have no moral axe to grind with regard to either the Ashley Madison or Adult Friend Finder websites.
They are, in my eyes, not significantly different from any other dating website(s).
And if you think married individuals (men and/or women) are not all over the more mainstream dating websites ‘looking for NSA fun’, they you really have led a sheltered life, haven’t you?
So yeah, Ashley Madison and Adult Friend Finder are not really much different to Match, PoF, or SaM.
They provide a service.
You may not agree with the somewhat direct nature of the service they provide.
That’s up to you.
But the seekers and users of those services (the marrieds of this world who want to know what else is on the market) will find a way to get what they want.
They’ll find a way to get what they want whether they use the overtly direct services of Ashley Madison, or the covertly indirect possibilities that services such as Match, PoF, SaM (etc) offer.
However, what I do have a problem with is services that charge a fee for a range of functions, and then don’t carry them out correctly.
So when users of services such as Ashley Madison and Adult Friend Finder find their secure data plastered all over the internet, that’s pretty bloody awful.
What that shows is that the secure data that Ashley Madison users have entrusted to the website, has been kept in a wholly insecure manner.
And let’s face it, personal details such as full name, date of birth, email address, and credit card information are some of the most secure data that we own.
So you’d expect it to be kept securely, right?
But when that secure data becomes available to anyone with a web-browser, that’s taking the description ‘incompetent’ to a whole new level.
Of course it is.
But when ex-users (and that’s a key phrase in the coming thought) of Ashley Madison and Adult Friend Finder have paid an additional premium fee to ensure that their personal data is removed from all aspects of those websites, and yet that supposedly-deleted data is also included in the same publicly-available list of users…
Well, that’s way beyond incompetent.
And it’s a long way beyond dishonest.
That’s actually criminally fraudulent.
And that’s something I do have a problem with.