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Dating websites including Match.com sign anti-predator deal with California

File: the internet homepage of the dating agency website Match.com.
File: the internet homepage of the dating agency website Match.com.
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Three of the country's top online dating services have cut a deal with the California attorney general to make a more active effort when it comes to protecting users from predators and scammers.

Ever since a woman from Los Angeles was assaulted by a man she met on Match.com, there’s been a demand to make online dating safer.

Now, in addition to Match.com, dating sites eHarmony (based in Santa Monica) and Spark Networks of JDate and Christian Mingle (based in Beverly Hills) have agreed to screen subscribers against national sex registries.

They’ll also make it easier to report abuses and will send all reports of possible criminal activitiy to the Attorney General’s Office.

This is a non-binding agreement, meaning no company will be prosecuted or sued for not complying. But Attorney General Kamala Harris says the deal puts those sites in the public eye.

About 40 million Americans dabble in online dating every year, spending more than a billion dollars on it.