Case against online dating
The Commission vote authorizing the staff to file the complaint and proposed stipulated order for permanent injunction was 5-0.
The complaint and stipulated final order were filed in U. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, on October 27, 2014.
Users were not likely to see – much less understand – this icon.
The fake profiles and messages caused many users to upgrade to paid subscriptions.
With some goading from a friend — who somehow convinced me that the stigma against online dating was no more — I joined Ok Cupid and started scanning the thousands of matches that popped up on my screen.
With the number of visitors these sites get each month, that increase is pretty significant: Some current estimates report between 10.5 and 23.8 million unique visitors per month for two major dating sites.
Between 20, the number of people using online dating sites doubled, from 20 million to 40 million, and about one third of America’s single people participated in some sort of online dating last year.
In its first law enforcement action against an online dating service, the Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement that prohibits JDI Dating Ltd., an England-based company, from using fake, computer-generated profiles to trick users into upgrading to paid memberships and charging these members a recurring monthly fee without their consent.
The settlement also requires the defendants to pay 6,165 in redress.