LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — Singles Web site Match.com said Sunday that it will begin screening its users against the national sex offender registry after a woman filed a lawsuit against the company saying she had been assaulted by someone she met through the popular dating service.

KNX 1070’s Jon Baird Reports

Mandy Ginsberg, president of Match.com, told The Associated Press in a statement that the company had considered such screenings for years, but “their historical unreliability has always led us to conclude against it.”

Ginsberg said after talking to providers and advisers the last few days, company officials decided to make a change.

“We’ve 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.”

Last week, a Carol Makin filed a lawsuit against the Web site, saying she was sexually assaulted while on a second date at a West Hollywood cafe by a man she met through Match.com.

“You don’t go on a date thinking something bad is going to happen to you,” the woman told Inside Edition. “I just assumed there was a certain level of safety,” she added.

The lawsuit said the attack could have been prevented with a proper background check and demanded that Match.com start screening for sexual predators.

The company’s move to screen its users was already being considered and did not come in direct response to the lawsuit, but the timing of the decision was accelerated by the attention the suit brought, Match.com spokesman Matthew Traub said.

Ginsberg said the company’s new policy was no substitute for subscribers remaining vigilant on dates.

“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.”

The company offers several safety tips to its users, including always meeting for the first time in public, telling a friend or family member where the date will take place, and staying sober.

Match said it expected to be able to implement the policy in 60 to 90 days.

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Comments (22)
  1. Luis says:

    Damnit!!! Damnit!!! Back to Craigslist for me…

    1. anonymous 90802 says:

      Ha ha, awesome!

  2. icaris says:

    Match.com does know that all it members doesn’t use real name on the site, right?

  3. Monalsa Liz-ardo says:

    Dating sites should stop using dummy nonexisting members and computers to generate message responses pretending to be real people.

  4. George says:

    Of course it’s Match.com’s fault, typical. Heaven forbid she should use her own intuition or judgment. It’s no different than if she met someone through friends, in a bar, at work, in a store, etc etc. Nope, it’s someone else’s fault she has bad judgment.

    Pretty soon wedding planners and ministers will be held liable if the couple later gets divorced.

  5. Ace says:

    What about those that are sexual predators that have not been convicted & placed on the registry for “Sex Offenders”?

  6. royrogers says:

    You don’t have to be a sex offender to be sexuall assualted from a seting site. I have been sexually assaulted many time, and those women where never registerstered. And it they had to be. well I want my monery back.

  7. royrogers says:

    Let me try this one more time, you don’t have to be a sex offecnder to be sexually assautted on a dating site. And if they were registratered, I want my money back!!!!!!

    1. DJ says:

      How in the world can you be sexually assualted on a dating site???

      1. Mgosselin says:

        she was not asaulted on the dating site. She was assaulted when she went on her second date with the guy,

  8. ILLEGALS says:

    Now can we sue all other dating sites for this same reason?

  9. Vanessa says:

    It’s these kinds of lawsuits that makes the rest of the world view us as stupid Americans. Earth to all women out there! Wether dating sites screen for registered sex offenders or not if a man really wants to kill or assault you guess what? HE WILL. What’s next? Sue groceries stores because they let registered sex offenders shop there? Or how about suing your own city because they let registered sex offenders live there? So pathetic. I’m ashamed to be Caucasian.

  10. Hunkie Boy says:

    Also. have everyone not lie about their age, no pictures over 2 years,never answer anyone from ghana or Nigeria. I know, been on that site!

  11. suzy says:

    Her sexual assualter is probably her boyfriend, and they’re suing Match for money for the honeymoon!! hee hee

  12. SFJD says:

    Just because you don’t blame Match.com for this terrible incident, doesn’t mean you automatically have to blame the victim. A lot of people commenting on this story seem to forget that.


  13. MGosselin says:

    I don’t agree with the suit and I think it’s rediculous that people don’t do their due-diligence (sp?) before meeting someone online. When you meet someone on the street, in a bar, or at a store is it the venue’s responsibility to know who… is a sex offender and warn you before you swap numbers? If you meet someone now adays there are sooooo many tools you can use to know who it is you are meeting up with BEFORE you meet them for a date. People need to take up responsibility for themselves and stop blaming others.

    Ughe! And her comment, “You don’t go on a date thinking something bad is going to happen to you,” “I just assumed there was a certain level of safety,” upsets me even more. That lady is an IDIOT! Although I would not wish a sexual assault… on anyone, you can’t go on a date blindly thinking that there “is a level of safety”. Even if you’ve known the person for years you have to be careful until you’ve had the opportunity to know them more deeply on a personal level. She had a second date with a man that was still mostly a stranger. If she thought there was a level of trust than she is most likely that nieve fool whom stuff like this happens to all the time. If there were a background check on this persons habits you will probably find that she has been a “victom” of something plenty of times.

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