Online dating will hopefully get a little safer now, since three major sites have agreed to background checks for prospective dating clients.
Match.com, e Harmony and Sparks Networks (operator of JDate and Christian Mingle) will scan the histories of possible clients for sexual assault, identity theft and violence before allowing them access to their fee-based sites.
And I've seen usernames that dudes thought were hilarious, but actually terrible ideas (Statutory Ape..takers, ladies? Working from a sample size of under 1000 men, I don't have perfect data.
But I have learned quite a bit over the years about what goes into a great dating name.
Harris, the sites will also up their online safety tools with “rapid abuse reporting systems,” online dating safety education, guidance for fraud prevention and how to safely meet people offline.“I commend these companies for committing to these important consumer protections,” Attorney General Kamala D. “Consumers should be able to use websites without the fear of being scammed or targeted.” The agreement follows a high-profile lawsuit filed by a Los Angeles-area woman last August against The woman, who eventually settled the case, was sexually assaulted by a man she met through the website who had prior sexual assault convictions.In addition to checking subscribers against national sex offender registries, Match.com, e Harmony and Spark Networks vowed to implement “rapid abuse reporting systems” to members.Any member who is identified as a registered sex offender will not be allowed to use the services, Harris said.