Video chat xxx free nosignup - Sex offenders on online dating sites

It’s been almost two years since women’s safety advocates began pushing online dating sites to begin screening their customers against available info for registered sex offenders.

Yesterday, the operators of a handful of the most popular dating sites signed an agreement to do their best with the information they have access to.

Imagine a little boy playing Xbox Live with a registered sex offender, a girl striking up a Facebook friendship with a child molester, a member going on a date with a convicted rapist.

These are just a few of the both real world and imagined scenarios that have inspired attempts in recent weeks to restrict registered sex offenders from social networking, virtual gaming and online dating.

The day before, a Louisiana bill forbidding registered sex offenders from using social networking sites was approved by a state House committee.

(A similar bill was signed into law in Illinois in 2009 and put on hold in California in 2011.) Late last month, Match.com, e Harmony and the Spark Networks signed a “joint statement of business principles” to attempt to screen out registered sex offenders.

Constitutionally speaking, where can the line be drawn?

There are already strict restrictions placed on where sex offenders can live in the real-world — how far can we go in limiting their existence in the virtual realm?

The folks at Match.com, e Harmony and the Spark Networks (which includes JDate and Christian Mingle), along with California Attorney General Kamala Harris, signed a “joint statement of business principles” [PDF] that details some of the efforts the companies will take to identify sex offenders and potential identity theft scammers.

The agreement also makes note of the limits these companies face in trying to screen for registered offenders: While sex offender screening can be a useful safety tool, such screening tools have many limitations which impact their efficacy.

What we find interesting is that while is part of the agreement, it does not include or OKcupid.com, both of which are owned by Match.com’s parent company IAC.

We’ve previously tried to get a comment on this topic from IAC but none of our e-mails were ever returned.

However, the providers will use tools and technologies to identify sexual predators, including checking sex offender registries when the providers possess the requisite information to conduct such checks, and, when identified, remove registered sexual predators from participating in fee-based services on their websites…

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