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Ashley Madison disclosure shows paper-thin privacy

Glenn Fleishman | Aug. 21, 2015
The membership data for a site that advertised itself as catering to cheating married people has been disclosed, shredding some last vestige of online confidentiality.

What this release of data demonstrates is that one has to engage in more effort to keep one’s figurative and literal affairs private. Some sites that offer demimonde services accept Bitcoin, which is anonymous though not entirely untrackable. Others provide email services that lock down your identity. The future of reliable privacy may involve more subterfuge even for the most innocent of activities.

 

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