States Make it Easier, Cheaper to Take Mugshots Offline

Georgia and Utah have passed laws making it easier to remove arrest photos from the sites without charge or otherwise curb the sites.
June 24, 2013

With a business model built on the strengths of technology, the weaknesses of human nature and the reach of the First Amendment, commercial sites that post mugshots are proving that in the Internet age, old assumptions about people's ability to put the past behind them no longer apply.

The sites, some charging fees exceeding $1,000 to "unpublish" records of multiple arrests, have prompted lawsuits in Ohio and Pennsylvania by people whose mug shots they posted for a global audience. They have also sparked efforts by legislators in Georgia and Utah to pass laws making it easier to remove arrest photos from the sites without charge or otherwise curb the sites.

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