An app that checks criminal records won’t make dating safer | Nichi Hodgson

Gatsby suggests users will be more secure thanks to its background checks – but this dangerously misunderstands the nature of sexual violence

If you could ask a potential date any question, what would it be? “Finding out if they had a criminal record,” ran a troubled discussion on Netmums recently, a cry reiterated by Katie Price on Loose Women this week. Now, there’s an app for that: Gatsby, a salve for dating worries that runs criminal record and sex offender register checks on its members every month “to create the safest platform available”, claims CEO Joseph Penora.

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