Illinois online dating bill
“They’re going to look for somebody who’s vulnerable and they’re going to trick you into revealing information about yourself that they can use to their advantage.” Opponents of the bill say it overreaches legislative responsibility. Jim Durkin, R-La Grange, said adults should be responsible for their own safety when using online dating services.
“If they’re going to participate in this type of social networking, they have responsibilities to perform their own due diligence.
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The Illinois Senate has passed legislation – Senate Bill 2545 (SB 2545) – that would create the ‘Internet Dating Safety Act’ requiring online dating websites offering services in Illinois to clearly disclose if they perform criminal background checks on members, according to a press release on the website of the bill’s sponsor Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago).
“Databases can be notoriously inaccurate, so people still need to understand that they are responsible for their personal safety,” says Attorney Rosen, the author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual,’ a comprehensive guide for background checks.
“Database searches are subject to false negatives and false positives and have issues with accuracy, timeliness, and completeness. Doc Name=09700SB2545sam002&GA=97&Session Id=84&Doc Type Id=SB&Leg ID=62704&Doc Num=2545&GAID=11&Session= – provides accurate and actionable information, empowering employers to make informed safe hiring decisions for the benefit for our clients, their employees, and the public.
This bill is very similar to the ones passed by New York state 2 years ago and by New Jersey about 4 years ago.