RCMP detachments and provincial and municipal police forces have been feeding information into the database since the 1960s, making it a potential one-stop criminal record source for online dating companies, experts said.Online dating companies such as Plentyof Fish, Match.com, e Harmony and others should offer options to their Canadian clients, Boucher and Dinesen said.I'd want to do it," said Dinesen, who heads Checkwell Decision Corp., Canada’s largest background checking company."There's far more financial crimes that happen in Canada than sexual crimes" he said. so I would suggest that people need to be much more worried about a guy wanting to date you to clear out your bank account and jewelry box and or infiltrate your family and clear out their bank accounts, than you actually getting assaulted.make sure who you are dating is who you are dating, and charge a premium," Dinesen said."You know, for the price of a nice dinner you're going to know that you're not dating a career criminal." Experts suggest that online dating sites could also direct a dater to background verification companies that would facilitate the criminal conviction check, but only at his or her request." agreed Sandy Boucher, a senior investigator with Grant Thornton, a Canadian accounting, advisory and risk management firm.
The only legal method — used by journalists, researchers, companies and individuals — to learn of an individual’s criminal past is through court documents.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.He has previous convictions for frauds, breaking and entering and forgeries dating back to 1995."It would have been much more desirable to know, or feel secure in the people you're communicating with versus rolling the dice and thinking that something like this would happen to you, because it wasn't even on my radar that something like this would happen," says Sarah.