The Obscurity project targets some of major mug-shots websites
by obfuscating their records.

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It makes it difficult to identify tens of millions of individuals who have been arrested in the U.S. and it promotes the removal of all their data from the Internet.

Targeted Mug-shot Websites:

These websites have been cloned and indexed on search engines with similar domain names. The mug-shots and names has been shuffled and the photos blurred out.

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Mug-shot websites are designed to expose tragic photos on the Internet to embarrass people who have been arrested regardless of the time spent in jail, the type of crime, or even if the charges were later dropped.

They monetize by charging a picture removal fee of hundreds of dollars or placing advertising alongside listed booking data.

More about the Online Publication of Mug-shots
Mug-shots websites can effectively ruin someone's reputation with social stigmas and attendant prejudgments in their communities, families, and workplaces.

Personal information concerning ordinary citizens and the most vulnerable shouldn’t be available on search engines because it violates their dignity, security, and right to privacy.

Obscurity advocates for the Right to Remove harmful personal information from search engines.

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What if the mug-shots are actually of dangerous people, or bad doctors, politicians, or scammers?

On Obscurity’s mug-shot websites, the social context of the arrest such as location, age, race, and charges are kept accurate so you can judge without the identity of the accused being exposed.

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The mug-shot removal process should be democratic to engage the public in a debate about respect and empathy for the individuals affected.

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Finally, the Obscurity project will provide an automated takedown script to remove webpages of mug-shots websites from search engines results.

Currently, Google still indexes these websites:

Search engines should crack down harder on the mug-shot websites by removing those sites from search results.

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