Welcome to the mysterious world of database-driven decision making -- a world potential daters likely wouldn't know, unless they've applied for a job recently.True uses Investigation Technologies' to do the vetting, a firm recently acquired by database aggregator Choice Point."For people who aren't ex-felons, there's no invasion of privacy, there's no reason not to do it." But perhaps there is, says online dating expert Liz Kelly, author of the book "SMART Man Hunting." "I think it's a little extreme as a basic service," Kelly says."It adds a level of paranoia that is going to add tension before you even meet.One that's already been test-marketed is verification of member photos, to deal with frequent complaints that online suitors use old and overly-flattering images in their profiles, leading to much first-date disappointment.Meanwhile, the two dating services are in the middle of a messy public dispute.
"In addition, we also require members to sign a code of ethics that they will treat other members with respect.
But the advantages of searching a big national database are obvious.
"The other option is to to hire a county runner to go to each county courthouse to go where each person has lived, at to a pop," Gamble says.
Criminal background checks aren't just for Little League coaches and church volunteers any more.
Now they are another way to vet prospective online dates.