Today in Connected Consumer

Stay on Top of Enterprise Technology Trends

Get updates impacting your industry from our GigaOm Research Community
Join the Community!

I sure feels like we’re headed for some sort of massive business, political and journalistic train-wreck over privacy. Earlier this week, Gawker revealed a massive privacy breach by AT&T that could have revealed personal data on 114,000 iPad 3G users, including some bold-letter names. The breach has now triggered an FBI investigation, including a demand that the web site that broke the story preserve all records of its communications with its source. The hackers who discovered the flaw in AT&T’s security now claim they did nothing wrong. All this is happening against a backdrop of growing concern among policymakers over the privacy policies of social networks and other online platforms, as well as increasing willingness of law enforcement to pursue online information leaks, including the raid on Gizmodo over the iPhone 4 leak. Pressure is building, and it usually comes out somewhere. Not always neatly.