On social media sites, you can choose to be known by your real identity, or completely hide your identity while still posting things publicly, but there is no built-in expectation of meeting in real life.
On dating sites you're placing an ad (and responding to other users' ads), presumably with the idea of eventually meeting in person, so there is more at stake.
But I keep striking out, and it’s very frustrating.
The women I’m most interested in either don’t respond or respond saying they don’t feel comfortable giving out their email to someone with no photo and an incomplete profile.
As mobile dating proliferates, the focus no longer is just on daters leery of scams or sexual predators, but on keeping their locations confidential."This stuff is advancing at a faster and faster rate, and we've got to try and catch up," Franken says.
"This is about Americans' right to privacy and one of the most private things is your location."Illinois, New York, New Jersey and Texas have laws that require Internet dating sites to disclose whether they conduct criminal background checks on users and to offer advice on keeping safe."I see more regulation about companies stating what kind of information they actually use and more about their specific operation(s)," says analyst Jeremy Edwards, who authored a report on the industry last fall for IBISWorld, a Santa Monica, Calif.–based market research company.
These include companies checking subscribers against national sex offender registries and providing a rapid abuse reporting system for members.
New measure introduced Thursday requires companies -- not just dating websites or apps -- to get customers' permission before collecting location data off their mobile devices and sharing it with others.
For a detailed example, check out our look at privacy risks on and Ok
We’re offering the following five tips on how to keep your bank account and your personal information safe while getting a date.
My general advice is to have fun but also be careful.
Think about the consequences of each choice you make and how, in the worst case, a malicious or dishonest or immature person might take advantage of you.