These days, it seems like nearly every new relationship started online. But for all the well-intentioned online daters out there, a few creeps always threaten to ruin the fun.
Enter CreepShield, new facial recognition software that helps make online dating safer. The technology allows a user to check a dating site member's headshot against a database of nearly 500,000 sex offenders culled from publicly-accessible federal and state registries. CreepShield works with any online dating site; the user simply uploads a photo or pastes a link directly into the search field on the company's homepage.
The facial recognition seems to work fairly well, although CreepShield doesn't claim to achieve exact matches. Instead, it gives percentages based on the similarity of the provided photo to mugshots on file. Now, if only someone will create software that helps you weed out the bad dates.