OPW - Nov 12 - There's a general consensus that it would be a good idea for the Internet dating industry to assert a set of standards on itself, before governments around the world take more initiative and impose them. Here's a few standards that are worthy of your attention.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Australia has this set of guidelines.
A group of leading German Internet dating services agreed on a set of best practices called the Spin Kodex to help consumers distinguish rogue from reputable services. They use the Federal Association of the Digital Economy to handle complaints.
And more recently, Jackie Elton (Christian Connection) has led the charge in the UK to build a set of standards under the Association of British Introduction Agencies. Its a work in progress and they're planning on launching it early next year. You can review it here.