The Safer Online Dating Alliance is a grassroots initiative to raise public awareness, garner community support, and implement legislation to better protect those who participate in online dating services by assuring full disclosure of whether or not these dating services conduct criminal background checks on their communicating members.
Currently, many online dating users erroneously assume that since they are a member of an online dating service and often pay a membership fee, some type of protective screening measure is in place to ward against online applicants who are convicted felons or sexual predators.
The harrowing reality is that many online dating companies do very little to protect their consumers in the case where no less is at stake than their heart and ultimately their life.
We believe that consumers must have proper and adequate resources to make an informed decision when purchasing any product. As a consumer of the online dating industry, these individuals must be properly informed as to whether or not criminal background checks are conducted on its users.
Through embracing the positive potential of online dating while raising awareness of the very real dangers of meeting someone online, the Safer Online Dating Alliance seeks to partner with community groups, law enforcement officials, and the general public in implementing legislation which supports a safer online dating environment for its users.