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Online Dating: Does the Law Protect Your Safety?

A companion is a very basic need for every human being. The number of people looking for a mate online has seen a tremendous increase in recent times. According to a national survey conducted by Pew Research Center in 2015, around 15% of the adults in America have used either mobile dating sites or mobile dating apps to find a suitable companion. This was an increase from the approximately 9% in 2013.

The growth has occurred especially in two age groups. The number of people relying on online or app related services for dating has almost tripled since 2013 among the young adult aged 18 to 24 years. In 2015, around 27% of the people in this age group reported that they have used online services, as compared to the 10% in 2013. Meanwhile, the number of people using these services in the age group of 55 to 64 years doubled during the same time period.

Laws that Protect Your Safety

According to an article in the magazine, Government Technology, online dating customers often believe that since the services provided by online dating sites are paid for, they are bound to be secure as well. This belief can lead to unfavorable results at times.

Keeping safety concerns in mind, there are several laws that have been passed in many states across the US. For example, in 2005, New York and New Jersey saw several internet laws passed. The “Internet Dating Safety” law was also passed in New Jersey in 2008, with similar concerns in mind.

Following this legislation, internet dating companies now need to disclose the level of their safety criteria to their customers. This will actually allow the customer to choose the dating sites much more carefully than before.

Limitations of Legislation

The main challenge with these internet laws is the pace at which technology is changing. By the time the government realizes a safety concern regarding online dating and passes a bill to address it, new technology would have already come into existence. This makes the whole process of creating legislation for safety in online dating tougher. When it comes to matters of the heart, things can get serious in quite quickly. It is important that we remain cautious at our end to ensure better safety.

The experts at All State Investigations also concur that it is better to verify the information of someone you meet online just to be sure. Once things get serious, you won't be pleased to find out about a medical condition or a family or financial situation that the person whom you like has kept from you. So, it is better to cross check things and have peace of mind while you take care of the matters of your heart.


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