Ashley Madison offers to delete your profile for free
Ashley Madison, the site that allows you to have an affair (hey, who are we to judge - get yours and hurt no-one, okay?) was, as you know, hacked.
That meant that ne'er-do-wells made off with loads of sensitive information and threatened to dump the whole load on the internet, if Ashley Madison didn't erase itself completely.
Well, the extracurricular dating site has again apologised, saying that they are now offering users the chance to fully delete their account, free of charge. This is only a temporary move though, and one that won't impress The Impact Team, the people behind the hack.
The hackers were cheesed off with the site, thanks to the paid-delete activity. In the UK, it costs you £15 to fully delete yourself from Ashley Madison's systems, which seems wildly unfair. The Impact Team said that, even after paying for deletion, the site doesn't actually get rid of all your information.
In a statement, Ashley Madison hit back at this claim, saying: "Contrary to current media reports, and based on accusations posted online by a cyber criminal, the “paid-delete” option offered by AshleyMadison.com does in fact remove all information related to a member’s profile and communications activity."
"The process involves a hard-delete of a requesting user’s profile, including the removal of posted pictures and all messages sent to other system users’ email boxes. This option was developed due to specific member requests for just such a service, and designed based on their feedback."
Still. Get that. Having to pay to get your information out of their hands. That could very well put off a lot of people from using the dating site in the future.
And, in a Locking The Stable Door After The Horse Has Bolted move, AM is saying they'll delete your information, even though The Impact Team already have your information in their possession. Ashley Madison are unwise to be so cavalier in attitude about this, as their customers will have no doubt entrusted them with a lot of VERY sensitive info, such as mucky photos, their sexual wants and all manner of romantic activities.