The state of Florida is going too far with the Public records law by creating and support the Mug-Shot Industry, a very lucrative business based on the degradation of the human being.
It is an issue that should not be taken lightly; the mug shot should be the exception of the rule, posted online condemns the individual to a life sentence.
We need a new law that will stop the release of mug shots on the Internet and allow us to remove those that has been posted.
As human beings, we all make mistakes and we have the right to fix then and not just to move on with our lives, but to move forward.
Florida Public record- State policy 119.01(2) allows these sites to use Law Enforcement database to collect and post records of individuals that already complied with their penalties and fees, individuals which cases has been dismissed, dropped or discharged, and even individuals who passed away; Websites like Google, Yahoo and Bing keep these mug shots saved on the first page of their search results permanently. All of this is part of a very lucrative business operation in a single click, exploiting and manipulating their immunity granted by Congress.
Some websites charge hundreds of dollars to get a mug shot removed from some of those sites, giving people no choice but to pay what they ask for if they can afford it, because is no other way for an individual to remove what has been posted on the Internet.
This is clearly legal extortion. These sites are not just taking control of the police records, but of the entire person reputation and well-being, under the protection of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 Section 230, and the wrong use of the Freedom of information Act.
Mug shot is a photograph of someone’s face, taken by the police for “their records”. The purpose of the mug shot is to allow Law Enforcement to have a photographic record of the arrested individual for identification and investigation purposes and in high-profile cases mug shots may be published by the media.
The Law Enforcement posted the mug shot online at the time of the arrest, before the individual appear in front of the judge and regardless the level of the offense.
There is no Law or rule stipulating that the penalty on any level of offenses, include the individual mug shot posted on the World Wide Web. The state of Florida is playing outside the State rules.
These actions are a violation of the human rights (11) that state that a person is innocent until proven guilty. According to law in a public trial, which a person he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defense; and that each person is a moral and rational being who deserves to be treated with dignity.
Ask for a new law that will stop the release of mug shots on the Internet and allow us to remove those that has been posted.
Ask Congress to review the Communications Decency Act of 1996 Section 230, revoke the immunity granted to internet service providers and restore Civil liability.
“Bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should refuse or rest on inference”
Thomas Jefferson, December 20, 1787