In this article published in Information & Communications Technology Law, Morgan Vasigh documents the online abuse of mug shots, known as ‘scraping’. When a person is arrested, part of the procedure is to have a ‘booking photo’ taken of the accused. In the US these are stored on arresting agency websites and are publicly available. There has been a rise in the practice of ‘scraping’ mug shots from the public records and posting them live on websites such as ‘bustedmugshot.com’ where anyone can chance upon a photo of a loved one or friend who may have inadvertently committed a minor offence. Thousands of individuals have been affected by this phenomenon in terms of employability and reputation, and are having to pay specialist companies to remove the photos from public view. Vasigh discusses the issues and Florida law surrounding ‘scraping’ and makes recommendations for change.
In the first study of its kind, two researchers have used popular music to help severely brain-injured patients recall personal memories. Amee Baird and Séverine Samson outline the results and conclusions of their pioneering research in the recent issue of the journal Neuropsychological Rehabilitation.
Trucks are responsible for 4,500 deaths per year in the United States. Truck crashes also cause huge losses in productivity, property and personal injury. New research just published in the International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion details how trucks account for 8% of US highway traffic, yet are involved in 11% of fatal road crashes.
The Routledge Comparative Education Scholarship 2013-2014 has been awarded to Laura Brace.