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New Law Will Keep Mug Shots Off The Internet

Last Tuesday, a law went into effect stating that no law enforcement agency or agent is allowed to “post booking photographs to or on a website.” Before this law was passed, local sheriff’s offices and other law enforcement agencies would post mug shots or their websites and companies would download them en masse. Not only would this photograph be floating around the internet, but the company that posted the unflattering picture might refuse to take it down unless you pay a few hundred dollars.

Republican state representative from District 111, Brian Strickland, authored a bill that will make it much more difficult for this practice to continue. Previous legislation was introduced in 2013 allowing people to write to companies asking for their images to be taken down at no cost; however, many of these companies are overseas so congressional action has no impact.
The new law explains that law enforcement agencies now cannot post mug shots except on internal web sites. If anyone wants a particular mug shot, they must make a request from the law enforcement agency and promise in writing that the image will not be posted online or published in a magazine.

The law also states that if any person “knowingly makes a false statement in requesting a booking photograph,” they will be guilty of a violation of Code Section 16-10-20. This is a felony offense and can result in a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

This along with 13 other laws went into effect July 1st. Visit the official Georgia website to read about the other laws including the Georgia Safe Carry Protection Law and the Slow Poke Law.

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