21 Apr '11, 4pm

States Consider New Laws To Make Online Dating Safer

States Consider New Laws To Make Online Dating Safer

successfully convinced the dating website Match.com to screen their users for sex offenders , several states are considering new pieces of legislation which would make online dating safer. Bills are pending in Connecticut and Texas which would provide dating site users with more information. Although these bills wouldn't require that sites screen their users, as Match.com has decided to do, users would be reminded not to provide any identifying information on their profiles (in the Connecticut bill) and notified whether the site conducts background checks on new users (in the Texas bill). Critics of the Match.com move have pointed out that screening may not be effective, since many rapists are not previously convicted sex offenders. In fact, they say, this may lull users into a false sense of security. Would the states' proposed measures do any more to protect the people w...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/civil-rights/blog/states-cons...

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