Internet dating safety act
The Internet has become the second most common way to find a partner, the first being introduced through a friend. An increasing number of single Americans meet their significant other online: 20 million people visit a dating site at least once a month, and it’s estimated that online dating is responsible for 120,000 marriages a year. For example, 20 million people use e and 15 million have a profile on
A recent study by Pew Research Center in Washington found that 30 percent of online daters search for information about their possible dates before meeting them.
This figure rises to 41 percent among 18- to 29-year olds.
The number of people scoping out potential love interests on social and search engines has more than doubled since 2008.
This past week, entities in both the public and private sphere have taken steps that may make the Internet a safer place.
To wit, New York may soon become the second state in the country (after its neighbor New Jersey) to pass a law that requires Internet dating sites to warn their customers about potential dangers of using their services.
The Internet Dating Safety Act would mandate that such sites include advice to online daters, including to “never include your last name, e-mail address, home address, phone number, place of work and any other identifying information in your Internet profile or initial e-mail messages.” According to the new law, users would also be advised to meet their potential love matches in a public place and use their own transportation.The law would also require the disclosure as to whether a criminal background check has been performed on the site’s users.In the private sector, Craigslist has recently removed its “adult services” section from the site, putting up a “censored” label in its place; some view this as a positive step in the fight against online prostitution, but others question the true motivations behind the move.As reports, use of the word “censored” “suggests that the increasingly combative company is trying to draw attention to its fight with state attorneys general over sex ads and to issues of free speech on the Internet.” What do you think about these actions?Will they help prevent crimes related to online dating and other offline meet-ups between strangers? Apple Ask The Tax Pro bankruptcy California Celebrate Innovation Copyright Corporate Tax Network Defamation Divorce EFF Employees entrepreneurs Estate Planning Facebook Free Joe free legal advice free tax advice Google intellectual property Joe Escalante Lawsuit legal advice legal questions LLC Loans Marketing Michael H.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating