A California woman, referred to publically only as Jane Doe, is suing match.com after she was sexually assaulted by a man she met through the popular dating website. Ms. Doe is alleging that the man came to her house after their second date and forced her to perform a sex act. The law suit was not seeking money damages, but rather, a temporary restraining order prohibiting new members from signing up for the website until procedures have been implemented to screen members against sexual offender registries. Ms. Doe’s attacker has a history of violent sexual assault crimes which she believes would have been caught if the website had a screening process for its members.
Ms. Doe’s attorney, Mark Webb, suggested that when members pay, their credit cards could be run through sexual offender registries before allowing profiles to be published onto the site. Initially, an attorney for match.com stated that this proposed process was impossible. In a statement to the Associated Press on April 17, however, the website’s president, Mandy Ginsberg said screening processes were not implemented due to the “unreliability of the database” but after reviewing improvements, they will begin screening both current and new members. In the statement, Ms. Ginsberg said the website has “been advised that a combination of improved technology and an improved database now enables a sufficient degree of accuracy to move forward with this initiative, despite its continued imperfection.”… <Read More>