Soulmates is a dating service that folks can sign up for worldwide, and one of its selling points is privacy and moderation policies that ‘mean you and your data are safe’. The Guardian has apologized to anyone affected – apparently the site has received 27 messages from users who have had their email addresses exposed, but there may be considerably more folks hit (or who will be hit) by the issue – and said that it was reviewing its use of third-party suppliers.The sad truth is that data breaches are far from a surprise these days, with one coming after another without much batting of eyelids involved anymore.They spend weekends on each other's narrow boats drinking Rioja and going to see movies about Albanian peasants growing vegetables.
Rather, you want them to stay lonely and eventually, in the words of that iconic dater Bridget Jones, 'be eaten by dogs'. (That is another irritating thing about Soulmates - they are all too suspicious to give their real names to potential lovers so they have unfunny online pseudonyms like Empty The Bin or Buy Me AFuse or Kill Me Now.) Global_Gadabout (36, female) is a typical Soulmate.- he later asks her: 'Have you ever heard of a man called Robert Louis Stevenson? The Soulmates say they want love, but they lack the charm to secure it. Saucy-Pedant meets someone who has 'lots of interesting anecdotes about travelling in Asia', but, she later discovers to her horror, 'the table [in his kitchen] was Formica' - as if that's only a notch above Fred West's basement.' Global_Gadabout duly freaks out, for she has been wronged. ' she wails, with all the thwarted melodrama of Jane Eyre discovering Rochester has a mad wife in the attic. Even when they like their dates, they are insufferable.The London-based company founded by Brett Harding and Laurence Holloway also won Best Singles Party.Guardian Soulmates won Daters’ Favourite Website and Best Dating Related Advert.