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Opinion: Why Google Should Crack Down Harder On The Mugshot Extortion Racket

google-cop-police-featured Update: The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center now says it's gotten hundreds of reports of this problem, and is seeking complaints  from people who have been affected.  Recently a friend contacted me because his daughter was in tears about her mugshot photo being posted on the Internet. She was arrested a few years ago, the matter was settled, and the arrest record was expunged. Nevertheless, her mugshot was prominently displayed on several sites whenever anybody Googled her name. Unbeknownst to him, trying to get that mugshot down took him into the Mugshot Zone, a murky world wher [...]

Who Has Search Engine Marketers’ Backs? No One – We Need Lobbyists

Did you know that Google spent $5 million to influence politicians just last quarter? And that was doubled from the quarter before and may double again this quarter. Facebook spent a boatload too, but not as much Google. Microsoft spent even more. Issues like the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA  which received so much attention earlier this year, privacy issues, security issues, patent laws and a myriad of other items keep the Google, Facebook and Microsoft DC teams extremely active on Capitol Hill. In my home state of Texas, over-eager tax collectors are auditing SEO firms for back sal [...]

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