Online dating in the UK had moved from being a niche activity to a part of everyday life.
Member companies include business based in the US, Continental Europe and Australia.UK-based members trade in these markets but also the Far East and elsewhere.Industry Voice Alongside our work on standards we have a role speaking for the industry and in briefing our members on key legislative and other developments that affect them and their users.We have spoken with the Information Commissioner’s Office about how personal data should be stored and saved and on ways in which we can properly share information about those who might be trying to scam, harm or offend other users.The ODA has no wish to get in the way of member companies and their users.
We expect members to deal promptly and responsibly with complaints and we do not want that to change.
We have had talks with national crime bodies with a shared interest in preventing and punishing the minority who set out to con, deceive or harm others.
We will continue to review, update and actively promote our guidance in partnerships.
We realise that there are a number of businesses with a direct interest in online dating but who do not themselves run services.
We will be looking to extend a form of membership to hardware and software businesses, financial, other professional service firms and search and social network providers as well as partners of white label businesses.
In summer 2013 a group of dating site providers took and acted on the advice that this is a market where players should not rely solely on the framework of privacy, data and consumer law to protect the market and those in it.