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But laws and regulations have to deal with the generality of industries and businesses to which they apply and our statutory regulators are often thinly stretched and not able to do much other than react to consumer harms.
We, like other sectors, saw the need to give regulations “life” and to draw out, highlight and give meaning to those that particularly matter for online daters.
In summer 2013 a group of dating site providers took and acted on the advice that this is a market where players should not rely solely on the framework of privacy, data and consumer law to protect the market and those in it.
The law and regulations applicable to the sector clearly matter and should be respected.
The ODA aims to pre-empt and prevent problems by testing members against our Code of Practice before they can come into membership – and afterwards.
The ODA position is not making a moral judgement with this decision but recognising the fundamentally different characteristic and purposes of services.We have had talks with national crime bodies with a shared interest in preventing and punishing the minority who set out to con, deceive or harm others.We will continue to review, update and actively promote our guidance in partnerships.A decision was taken that the ODA should be focused on online dating services that are designed to help people find new relationships, friendships and love.We believe there is a difference between such services and adult services where the primary purpose is some form of sexual entertainment or sexual contact.