JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen [Ireland] Civil Register Data Removed From New Online Genealogy Site #general

Jan Meisels Allen

Last week I noted that the site was launched on July
3, making it the first time that the indexes have been made available
online by the General Register Office. The government-run website included
security information >from the records that is used by financial institutions
such as birthdates and mothers' maiden names. Due to the intervention by
Data Protection Commissioner, Billy Hawkes, The Department of Arts, Heritage
and the Gaeltacht removed the database of civil registration records from
the website on July 18.

Under the Irish Data Protection Law, details such as a birth date or a
mother's maiden name, which were on the site, could potentially be used to
attempt fraud or identity theft. The issue of potential identity theft by
fraudsters using this information was brought to the attention to
Commissioner Hawkes by the Irish Times. While Mr. Hawkes' office was
consulted before the launch of the online site, they were under the
impression that only historical-records over 100 years old - and not
information on living persons - would be accessible on the site. Information
on births, marriages and deaths is publicly available, previously anyone
seeking it was required to pay a fee to get a copy of a record >from the
general registry.

The website states further updates will be provided. At this time it is
unknown if the historical records will return to the new website or not.

To read more see:
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Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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