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No Philly Rap Sheet name searches: ‘I’m not in the life-ruining business,’ founder says

Founder Andrew McGill also decided to take down names after one month. The changes mean that those who have been found not guilty or have had their records expunged don't have to worry about being on a site that says they were arrested.

"I'm not in the life-ruining business," said Philly Rap Sheet founder Andrew McGill of his decision to remove names one month after arrest date.

You can no longer search for people by name on Philly Rap Sheet, the two-year-old web tool that reports arrests in Philadelphia.

Founder Andrew McGill, who said he had received an “overwhelming” number of requests to take names down from the site, said it was a tough decision for him, but, as he said in a statement: “At the end of the day, I’m not in the life-ruining business.”

McGill also decided to take down names after one month. The changes mean that those who have been found not guilty or have had their records expunged don’t have to worry about being on a site that says they were arrested.

The other update is that Philly Rap Sheet’s API is now live. Hackers, get on this.

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