(Netherlands) EU's Data Privacy Regulation Affects Access to Netherlands Family Cards Being Online #general
Jan Meisels Allen
The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes
effective on May 25, 2018. The IAJGS Records Access Alert has posted a
number of articles relative to the GDPR. One of the regulations' provisions
is the prohibition of the publication of personal data of living persons,
especially when it is considered "special" personal data, such as religion,
or political beliefs.
The Tilburg, Netherlands Regional Archive has announced their online family
cards collection dating >from 1920-1940 will be affected by the GDPR as the
family cards contain data about the religious disposition of residents. As
a result of advice of the Association of Dutch Municipalities the archive
will no longer be able to offer the services of family cards online.
[or https://tinyurl.com/yapxy6a3 --Mod.]
This is in Dutch, but opening the link in the Chrome browser will
automatically translate for you or go to a translation site such as
The contact to the archives was through two umbrella archives organizations
BRAIN and KVAN. On the KVAN website the suggest restricting publicity of
family cards for a period of 110 years starting in 1940 . The advice was
rendered to all archives not only the Tilburg Regional Archives.
[or https://tinyurl.com/yco7qom4 --Mod.]
This is in Dutch but if the link is opened in the Chrome browser it will
automatically translate the notice.
This is the first notice that has come to our attention about
genealogically-relevant items being removed >from the Internet due to the
GDPR, but undoubtedly many of the EU countries' archives will follow similar
removals of information that might be in conflict with the GDPR.
Thank you to Steve Jaron, President, JGS of Pittsburgh for advising us about
the notice >from the Tilburg (Netherlands) Regional Archive.
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Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee