Close this menu

Online dating sites, and the big business of domain tasting

Last month, New Jersey became the first state to enact a law requiring online dating sties to disclose whether they perform background checks. already performs criminal background checks of would-be daters and hopes other sites will follow their lead.  Critics say such background checks are flawed and create a false sense of security to users.  "It’s so superficial that it’s worthless," said Braden Cox, policy counsel with NetChoice, in an interview with Associated Press.

The emergence of ad networks and search navigation trends has fueled the business of buying and selling domain names over the years, in a report on CNN Money. 

Washington Internet Daily (subscription only) reports that two domain name registries released plans to stop "domain-tasting." In proposals to ICANN last week, .biz registry NeuStar and .info operator Afilias said they will cap the number of no-fee deletions made by registrars during the five-day "add grace period" when registrars can strike domains and get back a per-name fee paid to registries. Both proposals are still subject to ICANN approval.  Last month, ICANN announced it plans to charge annual fees on all registered domains.