Major Online Dating Sites to Start Background Checks on Users

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Online dating will hopefully get a little safer now, since three major sites have agreed to background checks for prospective dating clients. Match.com, eHarmony and Sparks Networks (operator of JDate and ChristianMingle) will scan the histories of possible clients for sexual assault, identity theft and violence before allowing them access to their fee-based sites.

As announced by California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, the sites will also up their online safety tools with “rapid abuse reporting systems,” online dating safety education, guidance for fraud prevention and how to safely meet people offline.

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The increased use of online dating sites has also brought an increase in financial scams and even physical abuse. A Match.com client sued last year, saying she was raped on a date with a repeat sex offender she had met through the site. The alleged attacker had at least six prior sex offense convictions.

The sites will now check subscribers against national sex offender registries and actively search for fake profiles. The rapid abuse reporting systems will give members access to a website, email address and/or phone number to report suspected criminal activity.

In 2011, 40 million Americans used an online dating service and spent more than $1 billion on online dating website memberships. Of couples married in the last three years, one in six met through an online dating service and one in five people have dated someone they met through an online dating site.

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2 comments
acase2023
acase2023

If your going to do background checks why don't you see if the men or women signing up are married people lie to see what else is out there. It's not fair to the unsuspecting men and women who are truly looking for that special someone. It's not Fair to the husbands or wives either.

Dating sites just make it easier for spouses to cheat. And gives the sites a bad name

john_xvra
john_xvra

Yeah right happy online fraud.  Romance fraud is a billion a year crime gold mine.  No one needs to know that much about you considering how easy it is for hackers to create a "person".  Better would be forcing these "dating" sites to be more transparent. How many active members?  Active meaning within two weeks?  What are the demographics 10 men for every woman?  Millions of members when 75% have not visited the site in the last year not to mention the last month.  A little clarity.