Illinois considers legislation requiring increased safety checks for online dating services
Online dating services have brought together many couples who may not have met otherwise. Though there are a slew of benefits for those who participate in online dating, a person's privacy is also important.
The state of Illinois is looking to boost security on these sites, as proved by a new measure under the state senate sent to Governor Pat Quinn earlier this week. According to The Chicago Tribune, the measure requires online dating websites to let clients know if the site has conducted background checks on prospective members. The legislation was approved by the senate 40-14.
The websites conducting these background checks would have to declare what precautions are involved in their background checks, including whether they checked certain government databases, according to the news source.
In addition, the bill would also require the sites to list a series of safety tips, including reminding users that certain background checks are not foolproof and customers should maintain vigilance. If a site does not follow these various rules, they could face fines up to $50,000, the media outlet reports.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Illinois lawmakers have been trying to pass similar legislation for the past few years, but have been unsuccessful. Those against the law argue the state may not have the power to regulate the sites that are not based in Illinois. If that is the case, misleading sites could give a false sense of security to the client.
Those looking for love may not want to divulge too much information to these sites. For instance, some customers may choose to list a second phone number when contacting prospective dates, so their personal number is kept secure.