The growth of the dating-security industry is part of the evolution of the Internet, where every powerful tool such as online banking or e-mail comes with a dark side of data theft and spam messages.
My Space, which started as a way for kids to exchange likes and dislikes, recently set up checks against sex-offender registries.
By comparison, dating sites have been slow to adopt safety-filtering measures; few dating sites conduct their own background checks on members and only one seeks to verify marital status.
Thirty-one percent of American adults say they know someone who has used a dating Web site, and nearly 60 percent of Internet users said they think a lot of online daters lie about their marital status, according to Pew Internet & American Life Project study last year.
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Last month, New Jersey became the first state to enact a law requiring the sites to disclose whether they perform background checks.
But eventually he turned over his Social Security number.Maria Coder, author of "Investi Date: How to Investigate Your Date," has some tips for dating online, and for protecting yourself in a virtual world where anyone can claim to be anything with little or no verification.She spent seven years writing her book, while working as a journalist.The most controversial subject in the online dating industry right now is background check legislation.The reason is because several states are trying to force online dating services to do criminal background checks or list prominently on the site that they don't.