London: A new anti-stalking charity has alleged that online dating sites are unable to protect women from being targeted by stalkers or from serial domestic violence convicts.
New anti-stalking group, Paladin, which is set up to offer counseling to stalking victims, has revealed that it has received requests for urgent help from women after they met men online, who became abusive towards them, the Guardian reported.
Co-founder of the group, Harry Fletcher, said that over the recent months there have been a number of online data protection breaches involving some of the most popular dating sites.
Fletcher asserted that it is frightening to know that personal information about women has been hacked and stolen and if such information fell into the hands of predatory sex offenders or stalkers, the consequences would be horrific.
He insisted that agencies must take all steps necessary to keep data safe and in the event of any future theft inform all clients immediately.
Fletcher added that a combination of lack of regulation means anybody could create a new site anytime and data theft is of grave concern and needs government intervention without delay.