Bill would require removal of mug shots online

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) Colorado lawmakers are considering a bill that would require commercial websites to remove a person's mug shot if they were never convicted of the crime for which they were arrested.

Lawmakers in a House committee will decide Tuesday whether the bill should go forward.

Some websites require people to pay hundreds of dollars to remove their booking photos online. The proposal from Boulder Democratic Rep. K.C. Becker would mean websites would have to remove booking photos at a person's request, for free, if they were never convicted. Becker's bill would not impose criminal penalties, but it would allow people to sue if their picture is not removed.

Similar laws have passed in Georgia and Utah, but some states that have considered such bills have faced First Amendment concerns.

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