You send someone a personal communication, whether it be by PM, email or IM, in which you express information you would like to be kept private and confidential, just between the two of you, and you find out later they shared it with someone else? Is that just a breach of personal trust, or is there more to it? Many websites and organizations have Privacy Policies and Statements to assure their users that their Rights to Privacy are respected. But, when are individuals going to start practicing the same tenets? The laws which govern the organizations also govern communications between individuals. It is all too easy, while on the Internet to get too friendly with the people you meet. People often forget that written communications are not the same as face to face over a cup of coffee. Something, in this case a computer, stands between you. That makes it even less personal than using a telephone. In my regular work in security, my company attaches Notices of Privilege and Confidentiality to every one of their written communications. It's not fine print. I have begun to do likewise with every email that I send, especially if they are personal. It is simply a short statement reminding the recipient of their responsibilities in relation to the sender. The impersonal nature of Internet communications is a reality that we all have to deal with. It's not enough to trust to luck!