Internet Dating Safety Act to increase protection for online participants

By WEEK Producer

Internet Dating Safety Act to increase protection for online participants

August 24, 2012 Updated Aug 24, 2012 at 9:56 AM CDT

CHICAGO -- Governor Quinn signed a new law Friday that protects those who participate in online dating.

Senate Bill 2545 creates the Internet Dating Safety act, which requires Internet dating services to let users know if they do or do not conduct criminal background checks. It also requires these dating services to provide a safety awareness notification to its members.

"With online dating becoming increasingly popular in the 21st century, it is important to make sure its participants are safe and aware of potential risks," said Governor Quinn. "This new law will help keep Illinois citizens both financially and physically safe from predators they may unknowingly encounter when using an Internet dating service."

The law goes into effect immediately.

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