Online dating is intimidating enough without added concerns about physical violence. Two years ago a woman in Los Angeles was attacked by a man she met through an online dating site who'd previously been convicted for sexual assualt. A serial rapist in Philadelphia picked targets from a dating site. There were several Craigslist killers.
Measures being introduced nationwide seek to make dating sites more transparent, and safe.
Connecticut, New York, Florida, Texas, and New Jersey are among states that already have laws requiring dating sites to post safety notices. The Illinois State Senate recently passed legislation requiring dating sites to tell their members whether they perform background checks using government databases. Any site in violation gets fined $50,000.