Reprinted courtesy of the Chicago TribuneInternet dating safety check measure sent to governor
Internet dating services would have to provide more safety checks for customers under a measure the Illinois Senate sent to the governor today.
The legislation, approved 40-14, would require sites to say whether they perform criminal background checks on prospective members. Gov.Pat Quinn's office said he would review the bill once it hits his desk.
Services conducting background checks would be required to say what checks consist of, including whether they check government databases like criminal court records and sex offender registries. In addition, the sites would have to say whether someone who shows up in a a criminal database is allowed to sign up.
The bill also would require sites to post safety tips, including warnings that the background checks aren't foolproof and suggestions for customers, like leaving their addresses off the sites. Several companies already post this advice.
Sites that lie about conducting background checks or that don't follow the requirements could face fines of up to $50,000 per violation.
Opponents questioned why the state was meddling in people's dating lives and whether the measure would provide users a false sense of security. Critics said sites can't possibly keep all offenders off and notice of background screenings might cause a user to lower her guard.
We're wroking on getting the full text of the legislation
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