Legal issues online dating
"This is about Americans' right to privacy and one of the most private things is your location."Illinois, New York, New Jersey and Texas have laws that require Internet dating sites to disclose whether they conduct criminal background checks on users and to offer advice on keeping safe."I see more regulation about companies stating what kind of information they actually use and more about their specific operation(s)," says analyst Jeremy Edwards, who authored a report on the industry last fall for IBISWorld, a Santa Monica, Calif.–based market research company.
See The Perils and Pitfalls of Online Dating for more information.In general, the online dating services require their members to submit a profile, which may include personal information (e.g., name, email address, date-of-birth, and photos).As a result, the internet dating service may be sued by its members or third parties for various legal claims."Match.com, which has 1.9 million paid subscribers, has been screening all subscribers against sexual offender registries since the summer of 2011, according to spokesman Matthew Traub.Earlier that year, a woman sued the dating site saying she was assaulted by someone she met through it.