JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen (European Union) Updates on Right To Be Forgotten/ Extraterritoriality of EU Positions on Google, Facebook and Now Twitter #general

Jan Meisels Allen

If you are located in one the 28-member countries of the European Union or
researching the vital records of any of those 28 countries you should be
concerned about what is being proposed regarding "the right to be
forgotten/right to be erased" and EU actions against search engines such as
Google, Bing and Yahoo; social media companies such as Facebook and now

While the proposed data privacy regulation may not be finalized
until later this year or next, this is the time for you to try to obtain
records in case we are cut off.

The EU Observer has written an interesting update on the European Union's
(EU) proposed data privacy legislation - which was first introduced in 2012.
This is the legislation that espouses the "right to be forgotten" now called
the "right to be erased" a concept causing genealogists concern as to what
records may be available after the legislation is enacted. The fundamental
issue is privacy rights vs the right to know. To read the article see:

As many genealogists use Facebook in their genealogy research and to
communicate with other family historians around the globe, this article
about the EU and Facebook may be of interest. To read the article go to:

[MODERATOR: Or - registration/fee required
if you have exceeded your allotment of 10 free New York Times articles
a month]

To read more about Facebook and the EU see:
Original url:
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If you are a Twitter user you will find this of interest: On May 18 Irish
Data Commissioner took charge of policing Twitter privacy of the 300 million
people who use twitter outside the U.S. The move means all of the social
network's users outside of the US will come under the European Union's Data
Protection Directive. To read the article see:

There have been member state courts that have weighed in with decisions on
the "right to be forgotten", the extraterritoriality of the EU decisions on
data aggregators such as Google and social media firms such as Facebook. To
read about those actions, see the IAJGS Records Access Alert archives which
may be accessed at:
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Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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