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What Stays in Vegas by Adam Tanner

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Mugged

Mob Museum

After years of planning, in 2012 Las Vegas opened its Mob Museum, which chronicles the desert city’s rich criminal past. Visitors start their tour in the mug shot/lineup room, where they are invited to step behind a one-way mirror. As they hold up faux police placards inscribed with numbers, friends and family members on the other side of the glass take photos. A sign above the lineup reads: “How did it come to this?”

Tourists find the whole spectacle highly entertaining. It’s a joke they willingly engage in. But it’s no joke when your mug shot is publicized for real.

The widespread availability of your personal data today means that others can find out not just about some of the happiest days of your life, such as when you ...

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