Match.com, one of largest dating services, said it had been assessing online background checks for six years and concluded they offered no extra protection."is disappointed New Jersey has enacted a flawed and unconstitutional law and we will explore opportunities to challenge it," a company statement said.
A new venture called Verified will certify the information people put in their own profiles -- including height, weight and criminal history.
Meanwhile, Certified Dates.com, set to launch in New York on Valentine's Day and nationwide later this year, promises investigations of everyone on its service....
A Cleveland firefighter, George Greer, was indicted last June for raping a woman he met through an Internet dating site.
An online dater in New York City, actor/musician Franca Vercelloni, said background screenings "couldn't hurt matters" but should not be a reason for dropping one's guard."You're not going to rely on what you learn from the online profile anyway," said Vercelloni, who's in her late 20s.
Critics say the type of screening envisioned by the law - checking for a particular name in databases of criminal convictions has inherent flaws: users could give fake names, and many dangerous people may not be in the databases.
Methods used in more probing background checks - such as fingerprint scans and research into employment records and Social Security numbers - are not required by the law.
Your online date doesn't believe that you're smart, good-looking and never had a run-in with the law?
Now you can prove it: Self background checks are becoming the latest fad on Internet personals sites.
There are no authoritative national statistics on serious crimes arising from online dating, but such cases periodically make headlines.