New iPhone App Provides Information About Your Date's Past

A new iPhone app from background-check powerhouse Intelius enables the popular smartphone to expose information people are hiding. The new DateCheck app could prove very useful for people in the dating scene who want to quickly check to see whether their aspiring mate is a creep or a gem.

Using names and telephone numbers, DateCheck users can check the Intelius database to uncover the truth about their romantic connections. Unflattering facts that people may want to hide, such as criminal pasts or current marital status is available.

"Records don't lie, but people do," Intelius product marketing manager Katherine Herman said during an on-stage demonstration. "DateCheck is tougher on my dates than even my Dad was."

There's even a Sleaze Detector feature in DateCheck that can find and list records of crimes including sexual assaults, drug arrests, and drunken driving. Another feature, called Living Situation uses address information to figure out who the person lives with, whether that be roommates, parents, or a spouse.

Assuming your next date makes it past the Sleaze Detector, you can also use the app to find out more information about their personal life, such as how big their house is, the price of the home, and even how much real estate taxes they pay on the property.

For people who put a lot of weight in astrological signs, a compatibility feature uses birth dates to determine if a couple is well-matched for one another. To help avoid awkward silence, keep the conversation going by using the Interest feature to search online social networks including Facebook, MySpace, Flickr, and LinkedIn to find out more about one another via links to profile pages.

DateCheck for the iPhone is expected to be available very soon at Apple's online App Store. Another version of the application that is compatible with Android devices will be rolled out in a few weeks. A Blackberry version should be available by year's end.

The iPhone application and general background information, such as whether someone has a criminal record, are free. For more detailed background information, you'll have to pay a fee. Some details are available for a just a few dollars while comprehensive reports cost $40 each.