Dating firms

The profiles included photographs and lists of names, email addresses, dates of birth and sexual orientation.

Panorama launched its investigation after complaints from customers who went on to sites as free users and attracted a lot of interest from potential dates.When romance failed to blossom, a date was arranged with an office worker; it had a similar outcome.Another man wrote to the council saying he was dissatisfied with the number of dates arranged by a company after a payment of HK,800.Investigators also found some matchmaking sites were buying the personal data of members of the public to artificially boost the number of people who appeared to be using their services, thereby helping the sites attract more customers.It acted after BBC Panorama investigators bought the data of 10,000 people from a company called Usdate, which has a sales office in Florida.He was one of 22 people who complained to the watchdog last year about dating services - which include online dating, speed dating and one-to-one personal matchmaking. Professor Michael Hui King-man, chairman of the council's publicity and community relations committee, said a growing number of singles was driving demand for dating services.

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