Lawmakers Trying to Make Online Dating Safer with Background Checks

By Michael Klazema on 2/3/2012

When it comes to online dating, most companies that set up matches between two people almost never offer background checks. Lawmakers in Illinois are now introducing legislation that would require any company that serves as an online dating service to prominently display information on their website saying if they perform background checks or not. They would also have to put information on their site regarding the option of clients to request background checks. Some sites currently give their clients the option of going through background checks in order to assure their dates that they are who they say they are.

The truth is, when people engage in online dating, they really don’t know who they are dealing with nor the background of the person they may be spending time with alone. For most dating sites, there is no screening at all. If these dating sites would begin screening clients through companies like, others would be able to have a greater overview of who they were going out with when they use products like US Offender OneSEARCH  which searches records on sex offenders. Daters would be able to gauge if they felt safe or not, before going out alone with the other person.

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