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Illinois law to increase protections for online dating

CHICAGO, IL (KFVS) -

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a new law Friday that will try to strengthen protections for people who participate in online dating services.

The Internet Dating Safety Act reportedly puts new safeguards in place for those using an Internet dating service. 

"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."

Senate Bill 2545 also requires Internet dating services to let users know if they do or do not conduct criminal background screenings, according to Quinn's office..

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 goes in effect immediately.

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