CHICAGO – August 24, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a new law to strengthen protections for people who participate in online dating services. Senate Bill 2545 creates the Internet Dating Safety Act, which puts new safeguards in place for those using an Internet dating service. Today's action is the latest by Governor Quinn to increase public safety in Illinois.
“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,” Governor Quinn said. “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.”
Sponsored by Sen. Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) and Rep. Michelle Mussman (D-Schaumburg), Senate Bill 2545 requires Internet dating services to let users know if they do or do not conduct criminal background screenings. If they do conduct screenings but continue to allow members with criminal convictions access to services, the service must state that screenings are not “foolproof.” The law also requires Internet dating services to provide a safety awareness notification to its members.
The law is effective immediately.