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(Chicago Sun-Times)   The Sun Times has to explain to its readership what a captcha is in this article about mugshot mining. Clearly, Tribune readers are much smarter   ( suntimes.com) divider line
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2014-02-19 10:00:13 AM  
There are something like, two hundred websites that run that scam.  Unless you plan on paying off each and every one of them, you might as well ignore them.  If it comes up in real life, just tell your employer you were young, had too much to drink, and that goat was really asking for it.
2014-02-19 10:11:27 AM  
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2014-02-19 10:54:32 AM  
These sites should be shut down for extortion/blackmail.  I realize that this is public data, but they are using the information in an effort to extort or blackmail people into sending them money.  This information should only be available on the sheriff's website or some other official publication.  Also what if the record is expunged and they still have your picture posted would that cross over into libel?
2014-02-19 11:00:49 AM  
Sometimes having a commonish name isn't so bad:

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2014-02-19 11:54:04 AM  
We have a captcha code on our companies warranty registration page. If I had a nickel for every time Ive had to explain it to seasoned citizens, i might be actually able to retire
2014-02-19 12:04:01 PM  
Sounds like they don't know how to maintain a website that can handle any significant sort of volume, and some genius decided it was probably all the robots scraping their site.

Not that what these scraper sites are doing isn't despicable either. But if you're just scraping for data you just poll the website every couple of minutes? How does that cause it to crash?
2014-02-19 01:35:50 PM  
To be fair those not later convicted for their crimes don't have their photos deleted by the JAIL either, I would support a law that sues those sites out of existence as long as the photo removal extends to the state as well.
2014-02-19 03:01:42 PM  
Listen to a song, type its lyrics and post them on your website: Lawsuit.
Deliberately steal a photograph taken by someone else and republish it on your own site for profit: Nothing.

2014-02-20 12:14:06 PM  

But in January, Pinellas County, Fla., Sheriff Bob Gualtieri reacted to the mugshot industry by taking booking photos off his "Who's in Jail" site. He cited mugshots.com, justmugshots.com and arrests.org as the basis for his decision.
"After visiting mugshots.com myself I saw that citizens were being charged anywhere from $399 to $1,700 to remove their booking photos from just that one site [and] I decided that it is more than a rip-off - it is extortion," Gualtieri said in a statement.

I'm somewhat surprised at the rational, fair mindedness of this guy. Not a cop hater here, but it seems like they disappoint more often than they should. If this is how he handles most things, I hope he has a long career.
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