Apps owned by the Match Group – including Tinder – could soon let you run background checks on potential dates. Match Group announced an investment in non-profit Garbo, which hopes to let people run background checks with only a first name and phone number or a full name. Match didn’t specify how much it invested but said the investment would make the technology available to Tinder and other apps owned by the group.
This means that Tinder users should soon be able to run a quick check on people they match with, including criminal arrest records and their history of violence. These checks could have a huge impact on who does – and doesn’t – find success with the app. Garbo collects public records including arrests, convictions, and restraining orders. The website also accepts police reports and other legal documents submitted by authorities, but this feature isn’t live just yet.
Garbo doesn’t list everything a person has done. The company drew attention last month when it announced it wouldn’t disclose drug possession charges as part of an “active stance towards equity” – citing the disproportionate number of BAME people arrested for drug charges.
These Tinder background checks won’t be free, but Match and Garbo are working together to make them as affordable as possible. It’s unknown if the feature will be made freely available or tied into one of the Tinder subscription models. Testing is set to begin in the upcoming months, with Match integrating Garbo into other apps such as Match, Hinge, and OkCupid if things go well with Tinder.