Major Online Dating Sites to Start Background Checks on Users

Online dating will hopefully get a little safer now, since three major sites have agreed to background checks for prospective dating clients. Match.com, eHarmony and Sparks Networks (operator of JDate and ChristianMingle) will scan the histories of possible clients for sexual assault, identity theft and violence before allowing them access to their fee-based sites.

» via Time

Start-Up Handles Social Media Background Checks

Companies have long used criminal background checks, credit reports and even searches on Google and LinkedIn to probe the previous lives of prospective employees. Now, some companies are requiring job candidates to also pass a social media background check.

A year-old start-up, Social Intelligence, scrapes the Internet for everything prospective employees may have said or done online in the past seven years.

Then it assembles a dossier with examples of professional honors and charitable work, along with negative information that meets specific criteria: online evidence of racist remarks; references to drugs; sexually explicit photos, text messages or videos; flagrant displays of weapons or bombs and clearly identifiable violent activity.

» via The New York Times (Subscription may be required for some content)