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Infamous dating site Ashley Madison started back in 2001 to encourage affairs. The site's on again, off again tagline, "Life is short. Have an affair." pretty much sums up the app. Targeted mostly at married men looking to have affairs with women, the app works on a credit payment system. Women can sign up for free, men are required to pay in credits to initiate a conversation. The app says they prioritize discretion with features like the ability to blur photos and the inability to link your account to your social media. Use the special traveling features to find an affair in a city you are traveling to. Ashley Madison became big news in 2015 when hackers stole Ashley Madison's user data and leaked a huge amount of personal information about users on the site, causing quite the uproar when the names, addresses, and other personal information of millions of users who used the site to cheat on their spouses was made public.
What could happen if something goes wrong?
Oh, Ashley Madison. We already know what could happen if something goes wrong because it all went very, very wrong in 2015 when hackers stole the personal information of millions of users and posted it online. For a site that promotes cheating on married partners, that was bad. Suicides, divorces, broken hearts and families, and lots of public shaming all happened. Is Ashley Madison any safer for users today than it was back in 2015? Likely, yes. They did take measures to beef up their security after the hack and now offer two-factor authentication and anonymous payment systems, among other security enhancements. They say the won't sell your data, which is good. They may share your data with third parties for advertising purposes, which is pretty common but still, not great. And they've had no known data breaches in the past two years,. However, we were able to log into the app using a very weak password of 12345, which, for a company that claims to have really beefed up security is pretty bad, and means the fail our Minimum Security Standards. Ashley Madison uses machine learning algorithms to learn about your preferences based who you show interest in on the site to give you more profiles of similar users. They do say you can change your preferences in your profile to adjust your matches though, which is good. Could hackers steal users' personal data and share in with the world again? Absolutely. They could do that with anything site though, but one that promotes affairs brings a special set of concerns around that.
What can be used to sign up?
What data does the company collect?
User name (required), relationship status (required), location (required), zip code (required), greeting (required), date of birth (required), affair preferences (required), photo (optional – tools for making photo ‘discreet’ are available)
Height (necessary), weight (necessary), touch ID (optional)
How does the company use this data?
How can you control your data?
What is the company’s known track record of protecting users’ data?
Aside from Ashley Madison's infamous data breach in 2015, the dating app has no known incident in the last two year
Can this product be used offline?
User-friendly privacy information?
Links to privacy information
Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?
Customer Personal Information is encrypted at rest and in transit.
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