|By PR Newswire||
|October 29, 2012 07:13 AM EDT||
DENVER, Oct. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The website NorthCarolina.Arrests.org provides free access to mugshots, arrest records and private details of people who were accused of breaking the laws within the borders of the state of North Carolina. While the administrators claimed to remove specific types of records, many people who appeared on the site had few, if any, options when it came to removing the damning information.
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Each entry on NorthCarolina.Arrests.org contains a photograph, information about the arrest and some private details concerning the person arrested. Users who click on a specific photo can see even more information, along with a bright blue link containing the words "record removal." Unfortunately, there are very few instances in which the administrators will remove mugshots from the site. In fact, providing proof of innocence, as determined in a court of law, might be the only way to truly remove records from NorthCarolina.Arrests.org.
Providing proof of innocence might sound easy enough to accomplish, but as a recent North Carolina case makes clear, the wheels of justice can spin incredibly slowly within the state. In this case, three students were arrested in Asheville in May, and they weren't declared innocent until September. During the four months that the case worked through the court system, these innocent people could have been penalized by NorthCarolina.Arrests.org, and they would have had no way to fight back.
Those who appear on the site might be astonished at the amount of information available to casual viewers of these arrest records. Names, birthdays, addresses and more are all readily available, and users can also search for the person on Facebook, MySpace or Intellius, with links provided beneath the photo. Invasions of privacy are no laughing matter. In fact, a survey conducted in Ireland found that 9 out of 10 people felt that personal privacy is "very important." Polls of Americans might bring back even more striking results. It's just not considered appropriate to display so much information about a person in a public forum like this, but again, those who appeared on NorthCarolina.Arrests.org had no real way to edit the information shown. The site administrators made all of those decisions without any input from the person impacted.
NorthCarolina.Arrests.org also allows users to write disparaging comments about the people they see. These notes can be incredibly damaging. For example, a recent photograph prompted this sentence: "He killed my bestfriend he deserves to stay in there for a long time…" The person was arrested for an accessory charge, but this comment makes the original arrest seem almost benign. According to Section 302 of the Communication Decency Act of 1996, the host of a website isn't legally responsible for comments like this that other users make on that website. In other words, those who consider legal action against NorthCarolina.Arrests.org in order to remove defamatory comments may butt right up against the law, as the law protects the site over the concerns of the individual. It's a sad, but accurate, interpretation of the law.
While working with the administrators of NorthCarolina.Arrests.org might not bring relief, working with InternetReputation.com can turn the situation around. This company uses a specialized approach that can quickly, and permanently, remove any photographs, personal information, comments and other data from the site. When it's gone, it's gone for good. The company can follow up by creating a specialized PR campaign that generates hundreds of hits on websites, full of positive information. This kind of barrier can keep the person from falling prey to any reputation attacks that occur in the future. Visit www.internetreputation.com to find out more.