In the interest of protecting you from rampant Internet perverts and other abusers, a group of online dating sites has agreed to new rules that includes screening for sexual predators who might be using their sites to find new victims.
The companies, Match.com, eHarmony, and Spark Networks -- which includes JDate and ChristianMingle -- said they will check subscribers against national sex offender registries, and any member found to be a registered sex offender will automatically be removed from the sites.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced the new business practices today, saying every online dating site should adopt the same kind of safeguards so that people can find the love of their life without concern.
"Consumers should be able to use websites without the fear of being scammed or targeted," Harris said in a statement released today.
Aside from patrolling for sex offenders, the companies will also give users tips on how to date online without falling victim to identity theft and financial scams.
This is important, considering how much time we all spend online, especially looking for potential mates. Last year, more than 40 Americans used online dating sites, spending some $1 billion in service fees. Of those couples who married in the last three years, one in six met through an online dating service, while one in five people have dates someone they met online, Harris noted.
Read the full copy of the new business practices here.
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