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Matrimonial websites

ID proof essential

The Times of India, June 3, 2016

To check the misuse of matrimonial websites, the government wants them to mandatorily authenticate users with true copies of identity and address proofs, check posting of obscene materials and guard against these becoming like dating platforms.

IT and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad approved an advisory on functioning of the matrimonial websites, which will give details about the set of rules they need to follow to check abuse on their platforms, official sources said.TOI had on May 30 reported that such a move was in the pipeline. “Matrimonial websites are intermediary under section 2 of Information Technology Act and they are mandated to follow IT Act,“ a source said.

As per the advisory , matrimonial websites will need to confirm the “user's intent to enter into matrimonial alliance“ and “confirm that the user information is correct to the best of his or her knowledge“ when they register to join the platform. Thus, users of matrimo nial websites will now need to submit or upload true copies of supporting documents such as proof of identity and address for the purpose of user verification. PTI “It is advisable that matrimonial websites should provide a list of legally verifiable documents for proof of identity,“ the advisory said.

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