JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen (Netherlands) 450,000 Records Removed From Online Access at Dutch Archives Due to GDPR #general

Jan Meisels Allen

Previously reported to this JewishGen Discussion List, the Tilburg,
Netherlands Regional Archive 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. The family cards
contain data about the religious disposition of residents. The concern of
being out of compliance with the European Union's General Data Protection
Regulation (GDPR) which became effective May 25, 2018, has resulted in more
archives in the Netherlands removing records previously accessible online.
There are now 450,000 fewer records with personal information available
online- the records are still available at the archives. The GDPR applies
to living individuals not those who are deceased. As some of the records
include information on those still living to avoid the hefty fines for
violating the GDPR, several archives have removed records such as family
cards >from their online access.

The Amsterdam City Archives has displayed a notice-a disclaimer:
Using Google translate it stated:

"Data may still be used only for historical (including genealogical),
scientific or statistical research.

By clicking on the button below you declare to abide by the Rules for use
and use of the City Archives Agreement- click here"

On the advice of the Association of Dutch Municipalities Archive
institutions such as: Brabants Historische Informatie Centrum, Regionaal
Archief Alkmaar and Archief Eemland have deleted this information >from their

Open Archives, which follows Dutch and Belgian archives reminds genealogists
that data of living persons in their own collections has to be considered
and not be published unless there is explicit consent >from the person.

See: under Open Archives. It is also
available in German and Dutch. Scroll down to bottom of the page and click
on the language of choice.

I have no affiliation with Open Archives which has a subscription portion of
their website. I do receive their free newsletter to keep apprised of
activities as mentioned above. I am posting this solely for the information
of the reader.

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Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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