Online Dating Firms Agree to Screen for Sex Offenders
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Three online dating services have agreed to screen for sex offenders and other criminals seeking to prey on users of the sites in the wake of the sexual assault of a Los Angeles-area woman by a man she met through one of the providers, the state attorney general’s office announced Tuesday.

The joint agreement between Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and eHarmony, and Spark Networks, operator of such websites as JDate and ChristianMingle, states that the companies will check subscribers against national sex offender registries and provide a rapid abuse reporting system for members.

The screening system, which has already gone into effect, ensures that any member who is identified as a registered sex offender will be prohibited from using the services, Harris said.

The websites will also continue to warn members about safe online dating practices, and will supply members with online safety tips, including fraud prevention guidance and tips for safely meeting people offline.

The tips and financial scam warnings will be issued on an ongoing basis to registered members, Harris said.

“I commend these companies for committing to these important consumer protections,” she said. “Consume…………… continues on

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Rural Romance: Online Dating, Just for Farmers
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Wouldn’t be caught dead dating “city folk?” There’s a website just for you.

Finding love can be tough for farmers, who often live miles from neighbors and have limited options for entertainment. But one rural entrepreneur, Jerry Miller, saw a business opportunity in the dearth of dating. Aiming to help kindred souls find each other (and make some money), Miller launched in 2005.

Since then, it has grown to host hundreds of thousands of members, Business Insider reports. Miller says one reason his site has been so successful is because farmers can relate to one another in a way that they can’t with “city folks.” Miller says those who live in rural communities share a…………… continues on TIME

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