Headline, April 04 2021/ ''' '' INTIMATE PLATFORMS INTEGERS '' ''' : WISDOM



YOUR TINDER MATCH CAN SOON RUN a background check on you. The app is trying to make it easier to obtain data on potential partners. For sure, that could create more problems than it solves.

What does it mean to gather ''verified'' data on potential romantic partners? There's something to be said for the idea that intimacy is based on having discretion to share information with others - on deciding how much of yourself to reveal to someone, and when, and how - as trust builds in a relationship.

Intimate platforms have changed the game :

We increasingly meet on line. And we may believe a digital record to be a full, ''true'' representation of someone.

But those kinds of records are known to be far from perfect, especially when they rely on names to match records because records are often misattributed to people with the same or similar name.

They commonly include criminal convictions that were later expunged or charges that were ultimately dropped. It can be difficult for people with inaccurate records to become aware of them, and it's sometimes impossible to obtain removal of errors or inconsistencies.

Match Group - which owns dating and hookup platforms including Tinder, OKCupid and Match.com - is trying to make it easier to obtain data on potential partners. The company announced last month that it will help users run background checks on potential dates.

Tinder users will be the first to receive the feature, which will allow them [for a fee not yet determined] to obtain public records on a match, based only on first and last name, or a first name and phone number.

That data, provided by a nonprofit company called ''Garbo'', will include arrests, convictions, restraining orders, harassment, and other violent crimes'' in order to ''empower users with information'' to protect themselves.

Garbo's website also indicates that it accepts evidence submitted directly by users, ''including police reports, orders of protection and more,'' though it's not clear whether this capability would be integrated into its partnership with Match.

It's easy to understand why Match Group is making this move. Potential partners sometimes deceive each other, in ways both trivial and significant. Gender-based violence is a serious and prevalent problem, experienced by one in four women and one in nine men at some point.

Intimate platforms have come under fire for their lack of actions when users report being assaulted by someone they met through the app.

Many people already take steps to check up on each other before meeting in person - doing searches into each other's names on Google, perusing each other's social media profiles, even in some cases running formal background checks of their own.

It's laudable that Match Group wants to prevent its platform from propagating sexual violence, and it's attractive to try to fix the problem with technology. But we should be clear about the trade-offs.

Technological measures that make us seem more secure may not always be as effective as they seem -and they can introduce a host of concerns around privacy, equity and process of trust building required for true intimacy to develop.

If we normalize the practice of building a dossier of external data points on a person to avoid the risk of deception, we might upend an important aspect of creating close connections.

The risks associated with meeting potential partners stem in part from the way we tend to pair up today. Before the emergence of intimate platforms, more people met through common connections.

In those cases, you had some sense of knowledge about the person - he's a friend of a friend, I know where she works - which allowed for inferences about the person and a degree of comfort about interacting.

REMEMBER, a truly motivated bad actor can often circumvent policies like these by using a different name or phone number. So even to the extent that background checks appear to provide security, they can function more like a security blanket - they might give the feeling of safety without actually ensuring it.

The Honor and Serving of Latest Global Operational Research on Intimate Platforms and Modern Times, continues. The World Students Society thanks author Karen Levy, an assistant professor in the department of information science at Cornell University.

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