Many people Google everyone they meet whether it’s in a business or personal setting. If you have an online mugshot, that’s going to be one of the first things people find out about you. Here’s what you can do to get your mugshots out of Google’s results.
Where Does Google Get Mugshots?
Google has bots that try to read every website online. They save the text of each webpage in a database. When you type words into Google’s search engine, it gives you the webpages that match.
Unless you’re famous, there probably isn’t much written about you online. Your name might appear on your social media pages, and you might have a profile on your employer’s website. Since Google lists ten pages on the first page of search results, that leaves a lot of room for your mugshots to appear.
Google image searches work the same way. If Google reads your name under an image on a webpage, it will bring up that image any time someone searches your name.
How to Take Down Your Mugshots
If you don’t want your mugshots online, you may be able to get them taken down from the website that posted them. To do that, you will need to find all of your mugshots and contact each website.
There are a number of reasons the website might honor your request. Sometimes, they are required to by law. Other times, they just do it. Some make money by charging you to take your mugshots down.
Once your mugshot is off of a website, that website will eventually stop appearing in Google when someone searches your name. That’s because Google’s job is to help people find information that’s currently available. It doesn’t want to send them to web pages that no longer exist.
How to Go Directly to Google to Remove Your Mugshots
Usually, Google just shows whatever is on the internet. In the case of illegal mugshots, Google may also be breaking the law if they don’t honor a request to take your mugshots down. If you live in an area where you have a right to have your mugshot taken down, you can send a legal letter to Google to force them to remove your mugshots.
How to Bury Your Mugshots
If you can’t remove your mugshots, you can bury them. To do this, you will want to add more positive webpages and images with your name to Google. Most people only look at the top of the search results, so if you push your mugshots down the list, they may never even see them.