Dating and sex, as the means to procreate, are our biological imperative.
This Code will build on the raft of consumer protection, data privacy and other laws that are already in place to protect consumers.
The Code which will help ensure compliance to existing laws and regulations and it will set the bar higher.
We all recognize the importance of, for example, occupational safety regulations, food safety regulations, and regulation over the substances that people choose to put in their bodies.
And we all acknowledge that without these regulations, suffering would be far more widespread.
But laws and regulations have to deal with the generality of industries and businesses to which they apply and our statutory regulators are often thinly stretched and not able to do much other than react to consumer harms.
We, like other sectors, saw the need to give regulations “life” and to draw out, highlight and give meaning to those that particularly matter for online daters.Most services offer digital messaging, while others provide additional services such as webcasts, online chat, telephone chat (VOIP), and message boards.Members can constrain their interactions to the online space, or they can arrange a date to meet in person.A great diversity of online dating services currently exists.Some have a broad membership base of diverse users looking for many different types of relationships.It will be anchored in a set of principles, with supporting rules and guidance: * Being honest and clear in what you offer * Meeting expectations and deliver what you promise * Protecting people’s data and their privacy * Protecting our users from harm, deception and loss The Association will be run by Chairman Duncan Cunningham, managing director of The Dating Lab and CEO George Kidd, a former Cabinet Office Director responsible for regulation, risk and compliance policy across Whitehall.