You bring up a good example that pretty much answers your own question. Mugshots.com, for example, does not threaten or force anything. It lists the mugshot and information, which is publicaly accessible information. Years ago, many small town newspapers used to put people's bankruptcies in the paper because they felt it was "newsworthy." Doesn't happen MUCH today. You may CHOOSE to pay them to remove the information, but it is still available as a pubic record. There is absolutely nothing illegal about advertising public information, which is what they do.
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