Family charities have condemned US company Ashley Madison, which makes its money from running a contacts website for those wanting to have affairs.

Jenny North, head of policy at Relate said that it “trivialises infidelity and the pain it causes. Its effect ripples through the family and can be devastating” And Emrys Jones of Care For The Family commented that an affair is “a breach of trust that tears at the heart of a relationship”

There is also a view, far less moral and more pragmatic, that those accessing the website cannot be sure that any identifying details given will not be sold on, and/or fall into the wrong hands, given the notorious insecurity of the internet.

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