No definite answer has been given as to whether dating app users need to disclose their criminal background, given privacy and data management concerns.
Communications Secretary Michelle Rowland said initiatives to protect users from sexual violence need to be carefully considered in addition to concerns about users’ privacy and safety as well as the collection and management of data. data handling.
“This is a very important issue that needs further examination and careful consideration,” she told reporters after the National Roundtable on Safe Online Dating.
“Some of them were raised today by survivor representatives and criminology experts.
“There is no single law that will address this, and as survivor groups have also pointed out, some of these legal options can have unintended consequences.”
Wednesday’s summit brought together representatives from dating apps like Bumble, Grindr and Match Group (Tinder’s parent company), who met with representatives of federal and state governments, non-profit organizations government, academics and law enforcement on Wednesday in Sydney. Electronic Safety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant and Domestic, Domestic and Sexual Violence Commissioner Micaela Cronin also attended the meeting.
Ms Rowland said the summit was a “very important first step” in addressing the scale and scope of harm being done on dating apps. She said the three key action points that agencies and governments have identified include stopping perpetrators from exploiting online dating services, supporting compromised users, and empowering users with Safe online dating method.
“Unfortunately, we all know someone who has been a victim of abuse by someone they met on a dating app or knows a story about someone who has been such a victim.
“It’s too normal and unacceptable.”
On Monday, NSW Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet backed rules preventing people convicted of AVO from joining dating apps. However, he said the rules would be more effective if implemented in a supportive country.
“I think it needs to change. My view is that it needs to change,” he said.
“I cannot understand how people with a history of domestic violence are allowed to use these apps.
The NSW Government is also committed to implementing a ‘Right to Ask’ test, which allows people to check if the person they are dating has a history of domestic violence or sexual abuse.
The program will be designed with NSW Police and sexual and domestic violence advocacy groups and will initially be rolled out as a 12-month trial.
The state’s Minister for Women’s Safety, Natalie Ward, will help address the safety concerns generated by online dating.
“With the popularity of online dating and dating apps, you don’t have a support network around you,” Ward said Monday, speaking to Ben Fordham on 2GB.
“Twenty years ago, you met someone through friends or online and you had someone to recommend. Now, you’re meeting someone online and you don’t know the first thing about them.
“This provides information about their history – if they have a violent past, if they commit domestic violence.”
A spokesperson for Match Group said the online dating giant will remain focused on protecting its members.
“The safety of our members is very important, and we remain focused on building safety in everything we do, from leveraging technology to investing in machine learning tools,” they said. and moderation to partner with leading safety experts and build innovative safety features in apps.” .
“Our work on safety is never-ending, and we will continue to work with local officials to maintain and strengthen our safety efforts.”
Ahead of the roundtable, Tinder also launched a Dating Safety Guide to address online dating safety concerns and educate users on the app’s safety features and how to report incidents of abuse or problematic behavior.
Made in partnership with domestic and domestic violence agency, WESNET, the campaign will take place over the next month.