Users of a niche dating site that matched sufferers of STDs were horrified when it emerged that their details were being shared with other sites in a network run by the same operator, and have successfully sued the owners for $16m (£10m) in damages.
The site in question is PositiveSingles, which matches up potential singles with an array of STDs. Which must make first date small talk easier when you know you have something in common.
Users found that their details were being shared with other sites owned by the same company, with over 1,000 separate dating sites all feeding their details into one database -- and that database being passed on to third-parties. So basically lots of people had access to confidential dating records and extremely personal disease details. Hence the massive fine. [Businesswire via The Register]