To Check Users In Sex Offender Registry

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Singles website said Sunday that it will begin screening its users against the national sex offender registry after a woman filed a lawsuit against the company saying she had been assaulted by someone she met through the popular dating service.

Mandy Ginsberg, president of, told The Associated Press in a statement that the company had considered such screenings for years, but “their historical unreliability has always led us to conclude against it.”

Ginsberg said after talking to providers and advisers the last few days, company officials decided to make a change.

“We’ve been advised that a combination of improved technology and an improved database now enables a sufficient degree of accuracy to move forward with this initiative, despite its continued imperfection.”

Last week, a California woman filed a lawsuit against the website, saying she was sexually assaulted while on a second date at a West Hollywood cafDe by a man she met through The suit said the attack could have been prevented with a proper background check and demanded that start screening for sexual predators.

The company’s move to screen its users was already being considered and did not come in direct response to the lawsuit, but the timing of the decision was accelerated by the attention the suit brought, spokesman Matthew Traub said.

Ginsberg said the company’s new policy was no substitute for subscribers remaining vigilant on dates.

“We want to stress that while these checks may help in certain instances, they remain highly flawed, and it is critical that this effort does not provide a false sense of security to our members.”

The company offers several safety tips to its users, including always meeting for the first time in public, telling a friend or family member where the date will take place, and staying sober.

Match said it expected to be able to implement the policy in 60 to 90 days.

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One Comment

  1. Texas V-star rider says:

    hehehe… just wait until this new move wrongly denies some innocent person access to thier service and the that person sues for discrimination, and stress, and other things just become some vulture lawyer says he or she can. This whole thing is stupid. What ever happened to personnal accoutability. Next some dummy will sue some nightclub cause she got raped in their parking lot… and afterall, we all know we go to nightclubs to MEET PEOPLE.. and most of the time we have not clue about who or what they are…. but, again, I hope this is MATCH.COMs option and they are not being forces. This new precaution can be a good marketing tools… watchout Craigslist.. YOUR NEXT in some lawyers eyes…

  2. janey says:

    Was the guy that assaulted this woman even on such a registry to begin with? Did he have any criminal record that would have popped up?

    It’s going to give people a false sense of security….

    1. NiteNurse says:

      I totally agree. Sex offender registries are a BIG JOKE! I knew someone who was a registried sex offender never lived at the address he said he lived at. The few times they actually checked on him his dad would call him and tell him to come home because they were checking on him. All they have to do is show up once a year for a picture and list an approved address. Besides they could be like those college students on 60 minutes, rape a girl and never face charges.

  3. Rick McDaniel says:

    They might have thought about that, BEFORE they were sued by a victim.

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