ATLANTA, April 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Online mugshots pose a serious problem, and InternetReputation.com is proud to announce a new, permanent solution.
The Georgia Open Records Act requires governmental agencies to make their records open to the public for inspection. The law is likely designed to help taxpayers monitor their state agencies and ensure that nothing nefarious is taking place. Unfortunately, the law is also being used by a variety of mugshot websites. Administrators of sites like this scrape photographs and arrest information from state entities, and they publish those shots at will.
Hard data about arrests in Georgia is hard to come by, as people use different parameters when describing arrests in the state, but experts suggest that daily arrests within the state number in the hundreds, and many of these arrests don't result in convictions.
"People are arrested for all kinds of things, and often, those arrests are due to a clerical error," says an InternetReputation.com representative. "Some evidence doesn't merit prosecution, some arrests are due to mistaken identity and some people are just in the wrong place at the wrong time, and they get arrested. People like this could be splashed all over mugshot websites, even though they did nothing wrong."
Georgia House Bill 150, currently working its way through the State Senate, would provide people like this with the opportunity to remove their mugshots from public sites, but experts from InternetReputation.com have qualms about the way the law is written.
"A legal blog I read suggests that people who appear on mugshot websites will be required to write a letter about the issue and send it via certified mail to the publisher of the mugshot site," says an InternetReputation.com representative. "We know that many of these sites don't make their addresses public. In fact, some sites use masking technology, so it's impossible to see where they're even housed or where they originate. As a result, it would be impossible for people to remove their mugshots via this law. It just won't work. That's why we knew we had to do something."
The new product line provides immediate record removal from mugshot websites that skim photos from Georgia, and as part of the package, clients are given a guarantee that deleted photos will stay deleted. The company will monitor the sites on a regular basis and quickly remove the photos if they appear again. Prices are reasonable, and work can begin immediately. Visit www.internetreputation.com to find out more.
Gary Bloom InternetReputation.com, 1-800-758-9012, firstname.lastname@example.org
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