After sexual assaut, 3 online dating services will screen for predators
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LOS ANGELES — Three online dating giants agreed to screen for sex offenders and take other safety steps after a woman was assaulted on a date, the California Attorney General’s Office has announced.

The services — Match.com, eHarmony and Spark Networks — signed a joint statement of business principles intended to provide an example for the industry and help guard against sexual predators, identity theft and financial scams.

“Consumers should be able to use websites without the fear of being scammed or targeted,” Attorney General Kamala D. Harris said in a statement.

Among other things, the companies agreed to check subscribers against national sex registries, supply members with online safety tips, and provide a quick way to report abuses. Some of the companies already are using some of those practices.

The dating services also will provide the Attorney General’s Office with reports of suspected criminal activity, she said.

The statement is nonbinding and carries no enforcement penalties, but it does publicly hold dating sites to account for their members’ safety, said Lynda Gledhill, a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office.

“They can’t be sued for not following this, but it puts them in the public eye,” she said.

Match.com, based in Dallas, Texas, was a pioneering dating website. It now operates in 24 countrie…………… continues on Alexandria Town Talk

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Taking It Offline: Why I Quit Online Dating
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After a bout with bad karma, a close encounter that was just too close for comfort and numerous first dates that never progressed to second dates, I decided to officially retire from the world of online dating.

I had a pretty good run on Match.com and OKCupid.com. I chose the right profile pictures and I didn’t commit any “first message faux pas.” Still, in the end, I found online dating was just not my style.

Even if two people “make sense” together on paper, there is no guaranteed initial spark, especially when people lie about their height and sexual preferences on their profiles. In my experience, if there is no initial spark, there won’t be a second date.

Relationships move fast nowadays, and online dating encourages a quick pace by promoting the idea of an “Insta-Relationship.” Mathematical algorithms provide a list of people promising some de…………… continues on Patch.com

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