Following a series of unfortunate incidents, this past week the three largest online dating companies signed an agreement with the state of California to run checks on members for the most terrible of crimes. Essentially, if a member has committed a crime that requires registration with local law enforcement, and they are actually using their real name online, then that person will be kicked off the service.
Years ago Kelleher International made a commitment to the safety of our members and integrity of our service by making identity verification a mandatory part of enrollment in our service. When we talk about our elite network of singles, we generally focus on their accomplishments in business, entertainment, philanthropy, sports and academics – love blossoms in shared interests, passions and exciting life journeys. We rarely talk about the “business” of how we do matchmaking, but in twenty-seven years we’ve never had a single complaint of “he’s married”, “she’s not who she says she is”, “he’s never worked where his profile suggests” or “I think they’ve been in serious trouble with the law”. This is not the exciting part of matchmaking, but it is part of our commitment to a personal, exclusive, and safe experience for clients that we think more of as “family members” than “customers”.
We applaud the efforts of the State of California to make this happen, and for those online services, we wonder “where have you been for ten years” and hope they take the next few steps past this preliminary screening.