Your record follows you everywhere – much more easily, thanks to the Internet. Organizations such as http://www.mugshots.com/ put up, for example, mug shots of criminal suspects, then contact the subjects and offer to remove their picture for a price. That is going to be against the law in Illinois, effective Jan. 1. The practice strikes the Senate sponsor, State Sen. John Mulroe (D-Chicago), as exploitative.
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“What type of business purpose is it,” he asks, “when you’re putting someone’s face on the Internet who was (possibly) never convicted … humiliating them and targeting people and affecting their ability to get work?” There’s nothing stopping members of the public, including the media, from using public information, but charging people to stop others from using it will be illegal.