To Start Screening Out Sex Offenders

Latest has announced it will begin checking new members against the national sex offender registry. The site says this move has been in the works for a while, but a lawsuit by a former Match user who was sexually assaulted by one of her dates accelerated the process. Match president Mandy Ginsberg says, “We want to stress that while these checks may help in certain instances, they remain highly flawed, and it is critical that this effort does not provide a false sense of security to our members.” This is one of the concerns raised by Salon’s Tracy Clark-Flory in response to the lawsuit — I previously supported the recommendation to screen, but Clark-Flory’s counterargument is pretty convincing.

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