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Having your mugshot posted online can be embarrassing and damaging to your reputation. Luckily, there are steps you can take to get your mugshot removed from websites in New York City.
A mugshot is a photograph taken after someone is arrested and booked into jail. The purpose is to identify the arrested person. Mugshots contain the person’s name, date of birth, arrest details, and the photo.
Under New York law, mugshots and arrest records are considered public information. That means websites can legally obtain and post mugshots online without your consent. However, just because something is legal does not make it ethical. Many websites post mugshots to shame people or try to get them to pay high fees to remove the photo.
You have the right to fight back against unethical uses of your mugshot photo. With some effort, you can get your mugshot removed from websites.
The first step is to search and find out if your mugshot has been posted online. Try searching on Google for your full name in quotation marks along with keywords like “mugshot”, “arrest”, or “jail”.
Unfortunately, mugshot websites don’t always use an accurate name, so you may need to try searches with just your first and last name without quotes too.
Here are some mugshot sites to check:
Make a list of each website that has posted your mugshot without your consent. Prioritize those hosted in the US over international sites.
The next step is to contact each website and request they remove your mugshot. Most sites have fine print somewhere with instructions on how to submit removal requests.
If you cannot find removal info, use the site’s general contact form. Be polite in your message and explain you did not consent to having your mugshot posted publicly. Request they remove it immediately.
By law, mugshot sites must comply with properly submitted removal requests. Under New York’s Right to Privacy Law, you have the right to protect your name and image from unwanted publicity. Most other states have similar privacy protections.
If you submit removal requests but the websites refuse or ignore you, don’t worry. You can take further legal action to force them to take down your mugshot.
The next recourse is to file DMCA takedown notices. DMCA stands for the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. It is a federal law that requires websites to remove content if the posting violates your copyright.
How does this apply to mugshots? You can argue that the website does not have the rights to publish your photo without permission. Filing DMCA takedown notices puts legal pressure on them to comply.
Here are the steps:
This page has a good DMCA takedown notice template you can customize and sites usually quickly comply. DMCA notices give you major leverage to force takedowns.
Getting mugshots removed from websites is important. However, even after removal the photos may still show up in Google search results. To get Google to stop indexing the mugshots in their search, you need to take a couple extra steps.
The first step is to remove any remaining mugshots from websites using the methods described above. Google can only de-index pages that no longer exist. If the mugshot page is gone, then Google will eventually remove it from search results.
You can speed this up by letting Google know the pages no longer exist:
Within a few weeks, Google should update their search results to remove any trace of your mugshots.
Removing mugshots on your own takes effort, but is completely doable. However, if you want to save time or need help navigating the process, consider hiring a mugshot removal service.
These services specialize in finding and getting rid of mugshots. They know all the intricacies of convincing websites and search engines to remove photos. Plus they do all the heavy lifting for you.
Look for removal services that offer:
A frustrating reality of getting your mugshot removed is that rogue websites may re-post it in the future. They download mugshots in bulk from various sources then republish them without checking removal statuses.
If your mugshot shows back up somewhere, don’t panic. Simply repeat the takedown process. Over time these websites will learn not to mess with you.
You can also consider legal action if a removed mugshot gets re-posted. Repeat offenses violate right-to-privacy laws. For now though, diligence and persistence are your best tools to keep mugshots off the internet.
Having a mugshot posted online can clearly damage your reputation and cause emotional distress. Thankfully, New York privacy laws empower you to fight back.
Follow this process to remove mugshots:
With consistent effort, you can regain control of your online reputation. Don’t let unethical mugshot websites shame you – make them take down your photo!
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