Why Match Must Screen Singles Now

by April Braswell on May 5, 2011

Why Match Must Screen Singles Now


I have found it fascinating to read not here so much but in the comments section of the LATimes blog the hate and loathing blame the victim comments (they’ve changed their comment format so they are not readily viewable now although the ones at the TIME are.) that people made regarding the Los Angeles Entertainment attorney who sued premier matchmaking dating site Match.com to get them to filter out any applicants who showed up in the public sex offenders registries.  The personal attacks when they don’t even know the woman.  The name calling.


In particular, the example that has come up that singles who aren’t versed at all in legal matters, and I will here state, this is my opinion and understanding.  I am not an attorney nor a member of the Bar in any States of the United States.  I am not here providing legal advice.  This is just my understanding from having looked at it from the perspective of business purpose and intent.  So the most common question that popped up by civilian was to compare the situation of dating sites with singles bars.


However the purpose and intent of the two businesses are very different.


Attractive Brunette Woman Talking at a Bar w a Guy

Attractive Couple Meeting at a Bar

A bar is in the direct business of selling drinks to customers.  Secondarily people meet, socialize, hook up, and connect.  The primary business the bar is in is to sell drinks and that is why they are required to card people.  You can debate whether or not the IDs are valid or not.  But I think we grasp the scenario.  They are as one attorney described it to me, “a bulletin board.”  People meeting there is up to them.

They did not accept money from their customers for the purpose of directly introducing people to each other.


However Match.com and all the other internet dating sites are in the business of matchmaking, however involved or uninvolved they are in that process.


They accept money from their clients to introduce people to each other.  In which case, for that fee then I do think they need to perform a few basic background checks.  To check prospective members against the sex crimes offenders registries seems like the basic level of background search to be performed.


And let me be clear.  I do not know the entire case, there may very well have been money involved, but what the Los Angeles attorney primarily sued Match.com for was to Do An Action in the future.  Her suing them instituted that this is now a requirement.  I have to say, to require that of a matchmaking service seems pretty reasonable to me.  It will now be woven into and incorporated in the membership fees for singles at the dating sites.


A number of states in the Union are proposing and considering similar legislation for singles in their states which cover them at dating sites which accept their memberships.  The dating site does not need to have its corporate headquarters in the state to be affected.  New York State currently has one matchmaking sites regulation in place and is considering another.



I’ll discuss full background checks in the future.


Stay safe out there…..



Happy Dating and Relationships,


April Braswell



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