Privacy commissioner condemns Ashley Madison

21 Sep 2016

  • Privacy and Compliance

No stranger to condemnation, particularly by the lost and lonely in the wake of their 2015 hack, Avid Life Media’s Ashley Madison organisation has copped a serious slap from Privacy Commissioners on two sides of the Pacific.

Both Australian and Canadian Privacy Commissioners – Timothy Pilgrim and Daniel Thierrien respectively - were ‘highly critical’ of ALM’s privacy and personal data security practices.

Mr Pilgrim stated that businesses (and by extension their customers) are put at risk without ‘a dedicated risk management process in place to protect personal privacy.’

The Ashley Madison business was hit with a number of enforceable undertakings, which amongst a number of others includes;
• Updating their security framework and training their staff in its use, and
• Ceasing its practice of retaining personal information indefinitely.

They may also require a new safety word…

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