NC budget provision hits mug shot websites

Jun. 02, 2014 @ 02:42 PM

RALEIGH — A provision in the Senate budget would create restrictions on how mug shots can be published online and ban companies from charging people to take them down.

The provision is an example of a policy change inserted in the budget that has little to do with the $21 billion spending adjustment measure approved last week.

The provision is designed to ban companies who use mug shots for profit by posting them online and then charge a fee to take them down. The measure also would require websites or publications to remove mug shots if the subject requests it in writing within 15 days or face a fine.

North Carolina Press Association attorney John Bussian opposes the provision and says it violates the state open records law.