be careful what you send on e-mail
I've thought a bit about posting on this but I have today decided to. Last month Jason Fortuny placed a fake sex ad online on Seattle Craigslist site with a sexually explicit picture of a woman he got from this person He wanted to see how many responses he got. He got lots - 178 people emailing private parts etc. Many of the men used their real names to contact the '27 yo sexy str8 woman', and some admitted they were married.
So he posted all the pictures online to this site (all links are work friendly if you don't go digging too far), including names, addresses, emails, mobile phone numbers including one unfortunate guy who sent an email of his mugshot and member from his work email address at Microsoft - a decision that has now totally ruined his life, and his wife's life. Fortuny then set his readers the goal of tracking down and outing the real life identities of as many of them as possible.
This has led to a huge ethical debate about breaches of privacy that has been picked up by the blogs, and media including the BBC
But my question is this: Should we be pointing the finger at Jason Fortuny who posted the pictures and details to get attention and to display his pathological sense of superiority - or the idiots who sent emails to him in response to the sex ad? Fortuny is clearly a prick, but surely if people post stuff online or to message boards or to email addresses, particularly from work email addresses, have they got a right to be annoyed when it subsequently appears online, or does it serve them right - or both.
What do you think?