In 2011, 40 million Americans used an online dating service and spent more than billion on online dating website memberships.
Match.com, e Harmony and Sparks Networks (operator of JDate and Christian Mingle) will scan the histories of possible clients for sexual assault, identity theft and violence before allowing them access to their fee-based sites.
As announced by California Attorney General Kamala D.
Harris, the sites will also up their online safety tools with “rapid abuse reporting systems,” online dating safety education, guidance for fraud prevention and how to safely meet people offline.
(MORE: Five Phrases to Take Off your Online Dating Profile Now) The increased use of online dating sites has also brought an increase in financial scams and even physical abuse.
A client sued last year, saying she was raped on a date with a repeat sex offender she had met through the site.
The alleged attacker had at least six prior sex offense convictions.The sites will now check subscribers against national sex offender registries and actively search for fake profiles.The rapid abuse reporting systems will give members access to a website, email address and/or phone number to report suspected criminal activity.In another step toward going fully mainstream, Bitcoin is now being accepted by OKCupid.The dating site started accepting payments in the crypto currency on Tuesday, joining a series of other companies that already process payments in Bitcoins. authorities to apply money laundering rules to its exchange.Bitcoin, a digital peer-to-peer currency based on cryptography, was created in 2009 by a mysterious man supposedly named Satoshi Nakamoto. As a result, the list of companies accepting payments in Bitcoins is growing everyday.