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Match.com to Begin Checking Users in Sex Offender Registry

It seems to me that it would have been a good idea for the singles website Match.com to already be doing what has just come out today.  They are now screening it’s users against the national sex offender registry.  But as per usual with companies, and well lets face it just about everyone, Match.com didn’t start doing what they should have until someone made them.  A woman has filed a lawsuit saying that she was assaulted by someone she met using the site .

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Fox News – Mandy Ginsberg, president of Match.com, 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.”

“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.”

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

Ok, so they were thinking about doing this anyway.  But they didn’t.  Should Match.com be responsible for what happens on the dates?  I see this as similar to car wrecks being blamed on the car instead of the drivers.  Yet I have to think that if the Supreme Court made the auto industry responsible for pro-actively investigating safety improvements that a website should be too.

Ginsberg also  said “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.”

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

via Match.com to Begin Checking Users in Sex Offender Registry – FoxNews.com.

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