Match.com to Begin Screening for Sex Offenders

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The online dating service Match.com is taking steps to protect its users from sexual predators.
    
Match.com announced on Sunday that the company plans to begin screening its users with the National Sex Offender Registry.

The news comes after a California woman sued the company, saying she was sexually assaulted by another Match.com user.

"Never in my wildest dreams did I think I was going out with a criminal," the woman said.
         
Match.com President Mandy Ginsberg said the company did not use the database in the past because it was unreliable.   

"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," Ginsberg said.

Despite the new policy, Ginsberg warned subscribers to exercise caution when going 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," she said.

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