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The law and regulations applicable to the sector clearly matter and should be respected.But laws and regulations have to deal with the generality of industries and businesses to which they apply and our statutory regulators are often thinly stretched and not able to do much other than react to consumer harms.Membership is open to all those who commit themselves to the principles in the ODA Code of Practice and who can demonstrate this commitment to our policies and processes.Membership was opened in December 2013 to all online dating service providers in the product categories covered by ODA (See “Scope of ODA Membership” below).The feeling within the sector in the last few years was that it was time we took some collective responsibility for our market and our users as well as exercising responsibility as individual service providers.In summer 2013 a group of dating site providers took and acted on the advice that this is a market where players should not rely solely on the framework of privacy, data and consumer law to protect the market and those in it.Otherwise we will always look to members to deal with individual complaints.
There was and is no wish to run the ODA as a closed shop.
We, like other sectors, saw the need to give regulations “life” and to draw out, highlight and give meaning to those that particularly matter for online daters.
The ODA aims to pre-empt and prevent problems by testing members against our Code of Practice before they can come into membership – and afterwards.
This builds on first meetings with consumer and other groups.
We have had talks with national crime bodies with a shared interest in preventing and punishing the minority who set out to con, deceive or harm others.