Porn Site Hacked. Users exposed

Digital rights of registered users of a website featuring hardcore pornographic contents were breached when an unidentified hacker revealed e-mail addresses, user names and passwords from customers.

According to BBC and other sources, the data was stolen from the site known as Brazzersforum in 2013 but it was not until September 2016 the hacker exposed it online, violating the privacy of the users. Brazzersforum and Brazzers are headquartered in Canada and appear to operate legally distributing photographs and videos of sexual nature to paying customers.

Not only user names and passwords were compromised. The Independent reports the data dump made it possible to access private conversations and comments expressed on the forum pertaining the explicit nature of the site’s contents.

The exposure actually appears to have been leaked from the Brazzersforum site, where viewers discussed their favourite scenes and performers.

However the site’s privacy policy might be regarded as lenient and under protective of the subscriber’s rights, if one takes the time to take a look at it:

By the subscriber’s use of the site, the subscriber expressly agrees that the site may, in its sole discretion share, disclose, transfer, rent, license or sell any of the personal information about subscribers that it has gathered or collected with affiliated or unaffiliated third parties.

Up until now no privacy watchdog around the world has publicly condemned the leak or announced a probe to look into the matter.

Transfer of personal data without written consent, particularly sensitive data regarding sexual preferences, is illegal in some countries like Mexico. The European Union also has law regarding the transfer of personal data and mandates special precautions to be taken when the handover is made.

Roughly one year before the Brazzers privacy breach, in July 2015, a group identified as “The Impact Team” stole data from the adult social networking system Ashley Madison – targeted to people who are married or in a committed relationship and seek to have an affaire. Tom Lamont wrote earlier this year for The Guardian that the Ashley Madison hack meant the leak of names of over 30 million users:

It’s six months since hackers leaked the names of 30 million people who had used the infidelity website Ashley Madison. Resignations, divorces and suicides followed.

Violations to digital rights and privacy such as the ones mentioned on this piece, expose not only the personal data of adult sites’ users but the cracks of legal systems unable to protect customers of websites with global presence who might hesitate to raise their voices in order to avoid further exposure and shame once their online interactions, raunchy comments or even sexual preferences have been divulged.

September 30th, 2016.

TRC

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