Matchcom starts screening members for sexual offenses

first_imgHorror stories stemming from online dating are a dime a dozen, but those bad dates usually just end early or wind up being the result of two very incompatible people. However, Match.com is taking things a step further and has announced they plan to screen all members against the national sex offender registry. The decision follows a lawsuit filed against the service by a woman who claims she was raped by a man she met through the dating site.The man in question had six convictions for sexual battery on his criminal record. Details of the criminal lawsuit aside, the woman claims that Match.com could have done a better job making sure that violent criminals and sex offenders are kept out of its database – or at least flagged as such. She notes that had the screening process been in place, he would never have made it onto the site in the first place, and had the information of his criminal history been available, she would never have gone out with him.Match.com, responding to the lawsuit, has agreed to start screening its members against the national sex offender registry. They also note that while they hope the process is beneficial, the registry itself is somewhat flawed and members need to take care before meeting one another and be vigilant when they do meet. They point out that even in cases like this, an automated screening process may not have avoided the outcome.The company also pointed to its list of tips for first time meetings and safety as another example of how Match.com tries to encourage its users to be safe when meeting someone for the first time. For example, the company suggests you meet in an open, public space, and that you always tell friends or family where you’re going and who you’ll be out with, and to follow up with you to make sure everything went well.The screening process is expected to take 60 to 90 days and then all of Match.com’s 20 million members will have been checked. The company didn’t say what would happen to members who were flagged.Read more at USA Todaylast_img

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