He had discussions with one firm, but that interest disappeared after the dating service was sold.Online dating pioneer Lavalife was sold in 2010, but did not respond to CBC News queries about whether it had been approached by Dinesen's company.
So they make decisions based on non-rational things sometimes," Boucher said.
He told CBC News about a case of a Toronto woman who married a man she'd met online.
"It should be done with the proper authorization of the person whose record you are checking," Boucher said.
"We do it all the time in commercial circumstances." Dinesen said his company has pitched such a proposal to several online dating services, with no nibbles.
Online dating companies should be taking advantage of the RCMP criminal records system to keep convicted criminals off their sites, say experts in the identity verification business.
"There is no perfect instant criminal record system on the planet," David Dinesen told CBC News. No question." "If I was CEO of the online dating company and I had a way to make it safer for my customers, or give an avenue for my customers to check …
"These people are running a business, they're not going to want to scare people away." The RCMP confirmed to CBC News there are no limits on what Canadians can do with their own criminal record.
"A third party cannot request this information on a person's behalf [such as a dating service], but if a person wants to provide their information [record check] to a dating service as part of a clearance process then that is up to them," according to RCMP Sgt. CBC News contacted the major online dating companies active in Canada for response to suggestions they should be working to access Canada's national criminal conviction records system for their Canadian customers.
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