... as they all defend the position that Google should publish everything forever, which is completely naive and immature.
You need to appreciate that criminals do have rights, as much as that may disgust some of you. You cannot expect a criminal to rehabilitate when society never forgets their mistakes, but the rehabilitation process is designed to help them move forward in life?
Consider this exert from the Sydney Morning Herald about the matter:
The distinction between the newspaper and the search engine puzzled some US legal experts, but it seemed appropriate to Kelly Caine, a Clemson University psychologist who studies how people interact with technology. Traditionally, the stories published by newspapers were forgotten over time. But search engines, by making such information from newspapers or other sources permanently accessible, have become something akin to a collective consciousness for humankind.
"That is a huge shift. That's not something we've had before the last 20 years. And we don't know what the cost of that will be," Caine said. Without the ability to escape personal histories, "there's no rebirth. There's no starting over."
My thoughts are also shaped by the concept of convicted by society and not the courts. Recently a local newspaper published an article naming a business as drug dealers, and even showed photos of the business, as the charges made by Police against the business owner of supply of narcotics also apply for the knowing participation in drug supply from another person. The Police convicted a staff member was selling illicit narcotics, and alleged the business owner knew about this and did nothing. The case against the business owner was thrown out, he was not found guilty of any crime. Yet today this business is continually judged for a crime the courts found the owner did not commit. Guess what the first result in Google says about this business? That isn't a fair world, and seems more like defamation. Unfortunately its not defamation under the laws as it represents the facts that he was taken to court with charges, and there is no information about those charges failing conviction. I'll be encouraging him to pressure Google to remove the articles, or to take them to court. This also isn't the only example from my local newspaper.