screening for sex offenders

In news that could set a precedent for online dating sites, has announced that it plans to begin screening users to see if they have a history of being sex offenders.

Match has not done this until now and it is thought it is due to the site being the subject of a lawsuit brought by a customer who alleges she was sexually assaulted while on a date with a man who would have turned up in a search for sex offenders.  Although the site claims it was planning on making this move anyway and the lawsuit only hastened the decision.

“We’ve been advised that a combination of improved technology and an improved database now enables a sufficient degree of accuracy to move forward with this initiative, despite its continued imperfection,” a rep for the company claims, with the caution that, “[W]hile 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.”

So basically, you still need to be careful when going on dates with strangers!

The sex offender screening should begin in two to three months.

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