Some sites remove information free of charge if a complainant provides proof they were found not guilty or that the charges were dropped.Other sites charge a fee regardless of the disposition of the case.The mug shot publishing industry is a niche market of tabloid journalism in the United States.The industry consists of companies that publish mug shots and booking details of individuals arrested by law enforcement agencies.On August 15, 2015 California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senator Jerry Hill's Senate Bill 1027, which went into effect on January 1, 2015, that prohibits websites from publishing arrest mug shots and then charging to take them down.
On July 15, 2014 The Connecticut State Supreme Court issued a ruling that restricts the amount of information police are required to release about arrests.
SB 1027 does not restrict access to arrest records and booking photos by the media and interested individuals.
On April 11, 2014 House Bill 14-1407 was signed into law.
The industry has become controversial because of the lack of case disposition.
It has been argued that it is pointless to pay to have mugshots removed from the Web because "the Internet never forgets." Multiple archival services store the content of most websites on a periodic basis, and that content can be retrieved at any time in the future.