Buffalo's "safety score" is 0.8, and the city with the highest score, San Antonio, Texas, is 9.4. Safewise based its rankings on rates of violent crime and STDs for the country's 56 biggest cities.Cities that have a lower safety score are where people should use more caution before meeting people through online dating websites, according to the sources. According to the company's numbers, Buffalo was the 11th worst for violent crime and worst in the entire country for STDs."This is about Americans' right to privacy and one of the most private things is your location."Illinois, New York, New Jersey and Texas have laws that require Internet dating sites to disclose whether they conduct criminal background checks on users and to offer advice on keeping safe."I see more regulation about companies stating what kind of information they actually use and more about their specific operation(s)," says analyst Jeremy Edwards, who authored a report on the industry last fall for IBISWorld, a Santa Monica, Calif.–based market research company."I expect them to have to be more explicit in what they do with their data and what they require of users."According to a Pew Research Center report in October, 11% of American adults — and 38% of those currently "single and looking" for a partner — say they've used online dating sites or mobile dating apps."We entrust some incredibly sensitive information to online dating sites," says Rainey Reitman of the San Francisco, Calif.-based Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit that advocates for user privacy amid technology development.New York City was ranked the second safest city for online dating in the Safewise.
As mobile dating proliferates, the focus no longer is just on daters leery of scams or sexual predators, but on keeping their locations confidential."This stuff is advancing at a faster and faster rate, and we've got to try and catch up," Franken says.Some of the most popular extremist videos have more than one million hits.Big advertising agencies, which typically place commercials on behalf of clients, have been accused…However, cyberdating expert Julie Spira of Los Angeles says such reports are sometimes little more than revenge."When people get reported, sometimes it's because they got jilted," she says."How do you quantify when someone feels rejected and pushes the report button, and when somebody really feels scared?New measure introduced Thursday requires companies -- not just dating websites or apps -- to get customers' permission before collecting location data off their mobile devices and sharing it with others.