A married pastor with two grown children killed himself in late August. It’s the first reported death of an Ashley Madison subscriber since hackers exposed millions of names in the database of the infamous website designed to accommodate cheating spouses. CNN did a story on the 56-year-old pastor, who suffered from depression according to a suicide note. Ashley Madison’s parent company took the news as an opportunity to say that the hack had “very real consequences for a great many innocent people.”
Presumably that means the families of those exposed, not the Ashley Madison subscribers themselves. The subscribers are difficult to describe as innocent, at least as far as marital infidelity goes. But innocent or not they are entitled to privacy — and the Ashley Madison hack took that entitlement away. Toronto police have reportedly been investigating other potentially Ashley Madison hack-related suicides.