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The number of people scoping out potential love interests on social and search engines has more than doubled since 2008.While the majority of these people are just curious about past relationships and other relevant dating information, many seek out more details about their potential dates to screen for criminal offenses or court appearances.

The Internet Alliance, which also represents e and Match.com, initially protested that conducting background checks would be too overly burdensome for the sites.To protect online daters, Illinois passed a law last year, the Internet Dating Safety Act, which requires these websites to tell users whether they do or don’t conduct criminal background checks (a handful of other states have similar laws).“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 Pat stated in a news release.A recent study by Pew Research Center in Washington found that 30 percent of online daters search for information about their possible dates before meeting them.This figure rises to 41 percent among 18- to 29-year olds.Women are especially vulnerable to these online perils.

More than 40 percent of the women participating in the Pew research study stated to have been victims of ‘unwanted approaches’ compared to only 17 percent of men.

For example, 20 million people use e and 15 million have a profile on

However, many people don’t trust the strangers they meet online.

Jim Sacia told the AP, as only law enforcement agencies are properly versed in conducting such checks.

Drew Hendricks is a professional business and startup blogger that writes for a variety of sites including The Huffington Post, Forbes and Technorati.

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