eHarmony is disrupted as ICO investigates dating websites

The Information Commissioner’s Office has recently announced that the four largest Dating websites in the UK could be breaching the Data Protection Act in relation to how they handle user’s personal information.

It is understood that eHarmony,, Cupid, Global Personals and The Association of British Introduction Agencies (the industry trade body) have all received letter from the ICO voicing concerns over their data protection practices. Some of the issues highlighted by the ICO include “poor visibility of terms and conditions about the use of personal information” as well as the dating websites claiming to take no responsibility about the loss of personal data.

Although complaints from the public have not been high, coverage of the issue in the media has been widespread in recent weeks, most recently culminating in a BBC Panorama investigation, which was broadcast this week.

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