I wrote about the catastrophic breach of Ashley Madison data, and the crazy variety of implications it has for all of us:
For those who never signed up for Ashley Madison, or had a partner who did, ethical questions will still come fast and furious. As John Herrman notes at The Awl, many of us will feel tempted to see which of our friends, family members, and coworkers may have registered for the site. When Target was hacked, few would have cared if it resulted in their purchase history being made searchable. Looking through the Ashley Madison data will be at least as tempting as looking through the leaked nude celebrity photos of last fall’s Celebgate hack. Only this time you’ll likely be looking not for a celebrity, but for someone you know. And what if you find something? How will you react? How will the person you’re snooping on? At various times, all of us are terrible in our own ways. What happens when those ways are easily searched on a public database?