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Dave Root

Match's international business expansion may be severely hampered by a little known law, IMBRA 2005, a law which requires the foreign dating client to review the criminal and personal history of American residents prior to International correspondence if they use certain dating sites. Also the foreign dating client must submit government Identification (I.e copy of birth certificate) prior to communication. Currently this overreaching federal law exempts those companies like match.com whose primary focus is not International and with fees not based on gender or country of origin. However if they expand Internationally they will likely be regulated by IMBRA 2005, and it seems doubtful that foreign women or American men will submit to intense government scrutiny of their love lives.Dave R.

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