Today in The
Skanner News Group
Read the fantastic article voicing support for our cause. Written by
Lisa Loving at the The Skanner News Group it is a in depth look at the
mugshot racket. Our support reaches coast to coast now.
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of information and articles that will keep you update to on our
progress. And every now and then a shocker news story like the mugshot
website owner this past week who threatened to send letters to neighbors
of people posted if they didn't pay up.
On the forum support is
here. WooHoo!! Members please use the forum to ask questions and help
each other out. I have removed the moderation on it so members can have
real time conversations. Also, I would like to introduce Tim, he is our
new Editor on the forum. Under the name of Bordeos2000. Please share
your thoughts and ideas with us. We are taking the high road so to speak
and it does take some time. But, in the end, no one will be going
through what we are after we get the law changed. I know it sounds
daunting and like it's going to take to long.
At this time our focus is
on sending our state legislators the letter posted on the Email State
Rep page or you can draft a similar one yourself but, we ask that you be
sure to include a link back to the site, use your spell checker and
correct grammar. Please keep us updated on who you have contacted so we
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Our ranks are growing and with a HUGE relief, a couple donations were
made this week. Thank you to the people who made them. Thank you!
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I have started some search
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Threatens To Send Letters To Neighbors: if they didn’t pay up they
would risk having their neighborhood flooded with fliers.
Please Sign Your State
Petition! You may remain unknown. Only when the petition is printed
and presented to the State Legislators will your name show. You
have to uncheck the Show my name in the online signature list.
Sign it now!
site was created to raise awareness to the issue of websites posting
local law enforcement and court documents including mug shots and
personal information on their website and then charging anywhere from
$399.99 and up to remove one post. Even after payment is made they do
not guarantee that it will be removed from all sites.
How they get
the information: There are many databases of sheriff records and court
documents that make the pictures and records public. Private companies
have developed scraping software that goes into these public databases
and pulls out the information. Once the private company pulls the date
and picture it puts it on its site in a search engine optimized manner
to rank high for your name.
Our goals are to raise funds to hire Legal
Counsel to take legal action against the mug shot websites and the
removal services that they are associated with that have posted pictures
and information from documents that they obtained from local courts and
law enforcement agencies websites. Funds will be used to retain a
lobbyist to approach Congress to change internet laws regarding posting
of public information by mug shot websites that is maintained by local
courts and law enforcement agencies on the internet with the intent to
solicit funds for removal.
Yes, we are
aware that these documents are public information now. But, the big
difference is that local government and local law enforcement do not put
the information into the search engines and many of these agencies
retire information after a certain amount of time.
The sole purpose of sites like Mugshots.com
is to charge for removal of mug shots and personal information that
includes the actual mug shot, name, address and in many cases pictures
of the persons home. These sites are designed to be a form of extortion.
That is how they make a living.
(also called blackmail, shakedown, outwrestling, and exaction) is a
criminal offence which occurs when a person unlawfully obtains either
money, property or services from a person's), entity, or institution,
through coercion. Refraining from doing harm is sometimes
euphemistically called protection. Extortion is commonly practiced by
organized crime groups. The actual obtainment of money or property is
not required to commit the offense. Making a threat of violence which
refers to a requirement of a payment of money or property to halt future
violence is sufficient to commit the offense.
Exaction refers not only to extortion or
the unlawful demanding and obtaining of something through force, but
additionally, in its formal definition, means the infliction of
something such as pain and suffering or making somebody endure something
Neither extortion nor blackmail require a threat of a criminal act,
such as violence, merely a threat used to elicit actions, money, or
property from the object of the extortion. Such threats include the
filing of reports (true or not) of criminal behavior to the police,
revelation of damaging facts (such as pictures of the object of the
extortion in a compromising position), etc.
internet is basically in its infancy still, there are no laws protecting
us against the actions of these website owners. Help us today get the
internet laws changed and bring any suits possible against websites that
profit from charging for the removal of data that they obtained from any
local government and law enforcement agencies.
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