Danger of internet dating


That's the kind of information that might wreak some real havoc on a person's personal or professional life if publicly exposed.Still, users are handing it over, en masse, to a company that performs social experiments on them and shares their data with companies in the advertising industry.Even being revealed as a member of Adult Friend Finder might be embarrassment enough for some: The site is, as its name suggests, "adult" in nature. Penthouse Media Group acquired it along with the rest of its network, which also includes less risque sites aimed at religious and senior daters among others, back in 2007.That was around the same time Adult Friend Finder settled with the Federal Trade Commission for allegedly foisting "sexually explicit online pop-up ads on unwitting consumers" who weren't looking for porn, including children.



And other dating sites have suffered actual data breaches -- including e Harmony, from which more than a million user passwords were stolen in 2012.They should stick to larger companies that have a reputation.Halpern: If you’re a victim of a romance scheme, contact the FBI at the Internet Crime Complaint Center at The company that now runs both Penthouse and Adult Friend Finder, renamed Friend Finder Networks, did not immediately respond to a Washington Post inquiry about the alleged privacy breach.