The parent company of Mugshots.com, a website that pulls arrest photos from local police departments, publishes them on the internet and then attempts to charge a fee to have the images removed, was sued in a Broward County court, after extorting the man for money in order to remove the image.
This is just one of a long line of cases in which the company has been sued. More bad news for the owners; they’ve been charged with extortion in California and two are already in custody.
In the past few years, a new business has emerged; online companies who post embarrassing information, such as arrests, and then charges victims a fee to remove them.
In 2018, the Florida legislature enacted a new law that says:
34 (2) A person whose arrest booking photograph is published 35 or otherwise disseminated, or his or her legal representative, 36 may make a request, in writing, for the removal of an arrest 37 booking photograph to the registered agent of the person or 38 entity who published or otherwise disseminated the photograph. 39 The written request for removal of the arrest booking photograph 40 must be sent by registered mail and include sufficient proof of 41 identification of the person whose arrest booking photograph was 42 published or otherwise disseminated and specific information 43 identifying the arrest booking photograph that the written 44 request is seeking to remove. Within 10 days of receipt of the 45 written request for removal of the arrest booking photograph, 46 the person or entity who published or otherwise disseminated the 47 photograph shall remove the arrest booking photograph without 48 charge.
This law goes into effect.on July 1, 2018.
That means, beginning this July – you can write to the website owner and demand that your information be removed from their site.
We are still determining whether the law will impact sites such as http://www.bustedoffenders.com/, https://www.homefacts.com/offenders.html, whose business model is not to charge for removal, but to charge for a background check service or notifications.