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Mark Brooks

Legislation has been proposed in various states to force dating sites to display on their home page if they do not use background checks. Background checks have come a long way in the last few years. Indeed, Match felt confident to start offering them recently. TRUE was the first. Now this legislation pushes the government bounds one very significant step further.

Sandy Heart

It is about time that online dating sites are trying to monitor subscribers with criminal backgrounds. Subscribers should be reminded that although the dating sites purportedly are screening the information is only as accurate as the database and is not a substitute for a thorough background check performed by a licensed private investigator which should be done before entering into an intimate relationship as a safety precaution for you or your children. Also, note that there are some communities that have not digitized all their criminal records.

There is also the issue of selling or sharing subscribers profiles to other dating sites. Where would liability lay in those cases?

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