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More and more people are becoming familiar with the joys вЂ” and frustrations вЂ” of online dating. A recent Pew study found that 11 percent of the US public has used online dating services, and a full 38 percent of people who say they are “single and looking” have used such sites.
There’s enough money to be made as an Internet matchmaker that it’s apparently sparking some companies to push the boundaries of what’s legal. Yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission disclosed that it reached a settlement with JDI Dating Ltd., a UK company that runs 18 dating sites that it claims have over 12 million members. The sites include. JDI will have to pay $616,165 in redress, and it must stop business practices that were said to violate both the FTC Act and a newer law that regulates recurring billing online.