Yes, and it's indefensible. I'm sure we'd all love to have the world forget about our past mistakes, which would be nice in a completely one-sided way. It fails to take into account anyone else affected by those mistakes, who will now lose the ability to search and reference events that legitimately affected their lives.
Yes, very much so.
Also anyone with the resources/money can still find any of this information. This "privacy through obscurity" will shift informational power back towards those with money, rather than the obviously preferable democratization of information the internet had enabled and encouraged.
There is no, cannot be any, justification for removing indexes of factual reference.
There may be discussions on the pros and cons of "too much" information, but that Pandora's box is already open and we have to live with it.
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