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April 19, 2011

Match.com to Begin Screening Members Against National Sex Offender Registry

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No real surprise, given the filing of a lawsuit from a woman who claims she was raped by a person she met through the service.

From Stan Schroeder at Mashable:

The popular dating site Match.com will start screening its members against the national sex offender registry, following a suit from a woman who claims she was raped by a person she met through the service.

The woman claims she met a man through Match.com who had six convictions for sexual battery. She says the man followed her and raped her on their second date, and she thinks it could have been avoided if Match.com had the screening process in place. The man pleaded not guilty, claiming the sex was consensual.

Match.com has agreed to implement the screening process, although the site's officials still don't think that screening is the best option to prevent cases such as this one.

"We've been advised that a combination of improved technology and an improved database now enables a sufficient degree of accuracy to move forward with this initiative, despite its continued imperfection," said the site's president, Mandy Ginsberg, in a statement to the Associated Press.

Other than this case with Match.com, serious problems with dating sites appear to have been relatively few, especially given that there's no shortage of perverts out there. For those interested in dating sites, I suggest checking out Bonny Albo's tips on finding a safe dating personals site. Her tips include taking a peek at the dating personals terms of use page, and see if they have one and if the users are screened in any way. Some dating sites already check singles' names against legal documents to see if they are married, incarcerated or have a criminal record.

Posted by Richard at April 19, 2011 9:07 AM



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