Online dating services to screen future clients
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(CBS News) Major online dating services have agreed to join forces with California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris to protect members by running background checks on prospective clients.

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris released a joint statement with Match, eHarmony and Spark Networks (operator of dating sites like JDate and ChristianMingle) to announce the partnership and encourage other dating sites to implement similar policies.

The sites will cross reference prospective clients with national sex offender registries and provide an abuse reporting system. Anyone who is a registered sex offender will be barred from the online dating services.

“Consumers should be able to use websites without the fear of being scammed or targeted,” said Attorney General Harris. “It is a priority for this office to ensure consumers are protected online, and companies who are creating in the Internet space have a continued opportunity to innovate and thrive.”

Match, eHarmony and Spark Networks are three of the largest networks for singles in search for romance. While some of the dating sites have already implemented a background check on prospective members, this announcement is the first joint effort with law enforcem…………… continues on CBS News

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Doctors ask patients out via online dating sites, research says
News from USA TODAY:

CHICAGO – New research suggests doctors are contacting patients on Internet dating sites and engaging in other unprofessional online behavior — and sometimes getting caught.

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The most common violation was asking patients out online.

That’s according to a survey of most state medical boards that license and discipline doctors.

Most boards said they’d received at least one complaint about unprofessional online behavior; 25 percent had received more than three complaints.

The most common violation was asking patients out online. Others were prescribing medicine and overstating medical credentials online.

More than half said complaints led to serious punishment including revoking medical licenses.

The survey appears in Wednesday’s Journal of the American Medical Association. Violations occurred over about 10 years.

The

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