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Making dating apps safer

Background checks and ID verification systems in dating apps are among the measures being considered by the government to keep people safe.

The strategies were discussed by ministers, victim-survivors, authorities and technology companies as part of national dating app roundtable talks in Sydney on Wednesday.

 Federal communications minister Michelle Rowland said that, while there is no one law that is going to fix online safety, the roundtable was an important first step in longer-term changes.

 eSafety Comissioner, Julie Inman Grant, will be issuing notices to all platforms demanding greater sharing of data, collaboration between platforms on safety measures and roadmaps for how they planned to deal with users who reappear on apps and reoffend.

 If you are dating online, remember never to share personal details that may lead to financial abuse. Ensure physical safety by always meeting someone in a public place until you get to know them and letting a friend know when and where you are meeting someone both here and if you are going on a date at their home, for example.

 You’ll find more tips about safe online dating  here.


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