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MATCH.COM TO START BACKGROUND CHECKS ON MEMBERS

We’re hoping this makes the process of meeting your true love online just a little bit easier, though you never can be too careful.
After an entertainment lawyer in Los Angeles went on a couple of dates with a man she met on the popular dating site Match.com, she said the initially-charming man sexually assaulted her. Afterwards, she did some online sleuthing and discovered that her date had a history of sexual battery. The woman has since filed a lawsuit against the dating site, stipulating that the company should check members’ names against public sex offender registries in order to increase safety.

And while the site’s attorney originally said that such a task was problematic, the site now seems to have changed its tune; Match.com has announced that they plan on screening members to see if they have a history of sexual assault.

Despite the increased safety measures, which should go into effect in the next few months, a rep for the site still warned that while “these checks may help in certain instances, they remain highly flawed, and it is critical that this effort does not provide a false sense of security to our members.” (via Consumerist)

To read more, visit http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/04/18/after-sexual-assault-controversy-match-com-to-start-background-checks-on-members/#ixzz1kKU6228z