Texas Business and Commerce Code
Sec. § 106.005
Disclosures by Provider That Conducts Criminal Background Checks


(a)

An online dating service provider that offers services to residents of this state and conducts a criminal background check on each member before permitting a Texas member to communicate through the provider with another member shall clearly and conspicuously disclose to all Texas members that the provider conducts a criminal background check, as described by Section 106.003, on each member before permitting a Texas member to communicate through the provider with another member.

(b)

An online dating service provider that offers services to residents of this state and conducts a criminal background check on each member shall include on the providers Internet website:

(1)

a statement of whether the provider excludes from its online dating service all persons identified as having been convicted of:

(A)

a felony offense;

(B)

an offense the conviction or adjudication of which requires registration as a sex offender under Chapter 62, Code of Criminal Procedure; or

(C)

an offense for which an affirmative finding of family violence was made under Article 42.013, Code of Criminal Procedure;

(2)

a statement of the number of years of a members criminal history that is included in a criminal background check; and

(3)

a statement that:

(A)

criminal background checks are not foolproof;

(B)

criminal background checks may give members a false sense of security;

(C)

criminal background checks are not a perfect safety solution;

(D)

criminals may circumvent even the most sophisticated search technology;

(E)

not all criminal records are public in all states and not all databases are up to date;

(F)

only publicly available convictions are included in the criminal background check; and

(G)

the criminal background check does not cover other types of convictions than convictions for offenses described by Section 106.003(a) or any convictions from foreign countries.

(c)

A disclosure required by Subsection (a) must be stated in bold, capital letters in at least 12-point type on the online dating service providers Internet website.
Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 27 (S.B. 488), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2011.
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