Illinois Mugshot Removals

Illinois passes a law barring websites from charging to removing mugshots.

Beginning in 2019 websites that refuse to take down booking photos when requested will face a fine of $100/day until the mugshot is removed. Publishing booking photos online has been illegal in Illinois since 2014 but until now there has not been any penalty for refusing to comply with law.

Also going into effect is a ban on local agencies from publishing photos online for low level crimes. The Illinois State Police and media outlets are exempt from this part of the law.

The new law spearheaded by state Sen. Steve Stadelman, D-Rockford provides a process for residents to demand their information be updated accordingly when there is an expungement or acquittal.

This law mirrors a majority of the legislation going into effect across the nation as the sunsets on the business of cyber extortion.

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