States Consider Enacting Laws to Protect Online Daters

Several states are considering enacting new legislation to make online dating a safer space. After the lawsuit brought against Match.com pushed them to screen their users against the Sex Offender database, more and more states are considering protective measures and requirements.

Texas and Connecticut are considering laws to provide dating site users with more information. The laws wouldn't require sites screen their users, but would inform their users with tips on privacy protection and site information, such as whether or not the site screens their users.

A Connecticut state representative said, "I've heard from a number of people who unfortunately met someone online, they gave them too much information and were damaged financially as well."

Screening for sex offenders alone won't solve the issue of online safety entirely. The proposed bills focus on education and information, empowering the users to employ common sense and giving them the tools to protect themselves.