3 online dating services agree to screen prospective clients

Match.com, eHarmony and Spark Networks agreed Tuesday to screen their prospective online dating clients for histories of sexual assault, violence and identify theft, California Atty. Gen.Kamala D. Harris announced.


The agreement stemmed from a lawsuit brought last year by a Match.com client who was raped on a date with a repeat sex offender to whom she had been matched by the dating service.


The companies also promised to improve safe-dating advice offered online and to educate clients about the risks of being targeted in financial scams.


In a joint statement issued by Harris’ office, the dating service providers said they would cross-check member applications with sex offender registries and take greater steps to verify the accuracy of information contained in personal profiles. They also agreed to create quickly accessible abuse reporting hotlines for clients subjected to criminal behavior.

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