Match Group, the company behind online dating services like Tinder, Match.com, and many more, just declared it will soon allow its users to run background checks on possible dates.
The company announced an investment in Garbo, a nonprofit that apparently lets people run background checks with only their first name and phone number or full name. Match Group will soon be able to use these features for more than 45 online dating services it owns, including Tinder. The amount of the transaction was not made public.
Garbo says it gathers “public records and reports of violence or abuse, including arrests, convictions, restraining orders, harassment, and other violent crimes,” and its website says it accepts manually submitted “police report(s), order(s) of protection/restraining orders, and other legal documents that report abuse, harassment, or other crimes.” The service does not disclose traffic violations.
The details about how the process would work are still unclear. It”s not known if the feature will be included in one of Tinder’s monthly subscriptions, or would be available for a separate fee.
Garbo services aren’t live yet, so no one knows how accurate and reliable the tool is. If this proves to be functional, the feature would certainly make Tinder safer.