Illinois is considering a new law that would require online dating sites to clearly and conspicuously disclose to its users that they conduct criminal background checks on all users. The bill was introduced by Michelle Mussman (Democrat – Schaumburg) and would also require online dating services to provide a safety awareness notification to all members for safer dating practices. The bill was introduced as HB 4083 and specifically states that if an internet dating site doesn’t provide criminal background checks on it users, a disclosure needs to be made available to all users explicitly explaining that criminal background checks are not being conducted. The proposed background checks that would be conducted by these online dating websites would consist of the following:
- Searching available and regularly updated government public record databases for criminal convictions so long as such databases, in the aggregate, provide substantial national coverage; or
- Searching a database maintained by a private vendor that is regularly updated and is maintained in the United States with substantial national coverage of criminal history records and sexual offender registries.
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